Christian Aid 2017

Christian Aid Week was from 14 – 20 May. Unfortunately it was not possible to have the usual Coffee Morning/Plant Sale, etc in support of Christian Aid this year. At the Church Meeting on the 14 May, it was agreed there should be a Special Cake Sale on Sunday 18 June (3rd Sunday) following the Summer Celebration Parade Service in aid of Christian Aid.

This year’s Christian Aid Week focused on refugees. British Churches founded Christian Aid in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the 2nd World War. Twelve years later they launched Christian Aid Week to help fund ongoing work.

As part of the theme, Christian Aid looked at the story of Nejebar, who with her family fled the horrors of Afghanistan where her husband was threatened with torture and death for being a government worker. But having reached Greece, all they have now is a tent. Christian Aid has been there for refugees like Nejebar for over 70 years, providing essential food, shelter and legal assistance for people far from home.

On the Christian Aid Week website there is a small video about Theodor from Serbia, who was a refugee after the war with Germany. It is well worth having a look as it explains that he was orphaned when he was 8 years old and what happened to him. At the end of the video he says “our Christianity is not just about saying prayers and singing hymns – but about putting our beliefs into actions – helping someone that needs our help”.

“Christian Aid Week is 60 years old this year – putting faith into action”

Hopefully, none of us will have to suffer the appalling horrors and conditions like many people from Afghanistan. Syria, Libya and many other places. By having a Cake Sale we will be putting our beliefs into actions. So lets make it a success by bringing cakes and goodies to help raise funds for Christian Aid.

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