60 years of Christian Aid Week
Since Christian Aid Week began 60 years ago, volunteers from churches across Britain and Ireland have collected house-to-house. Last year alone, First Antrim Presbyterian Church formed part of a movement of people who delivered more than seven million envelopes door-to-door, each one sending a message about Jesus’ love and justice. Every envelope delivered throughout Christian Aid Week is a chance to start a new conversation, to introduce individuals to the work of Christian Aid, and also to introduce people to their local church. It’s an act of witness, proclaiming Jesus’ good news to those living in poverty, and it provides an opportunity to demonstrate that Christians won’t stand by while our neighbours are suffering.
This year the focus for Christian Aid Week returns to where it began in 1957, with our work supporting refugees in Europe. Today, tens of millions of people across the globe are fleeing their homes because of war, conflict and disaster, often making dangerous journeys in search of safety. The vast majority of today’s refugees are seeking sanctuary in developing countries, but more than one million have crossed into Europe, and with borders across Europe currently closed, thousands of refugees are now stranded inside camps and are in urgent need of help. Across Europe our partner organisations are providing shelter, cooking facilities, fuels, blankets, cash and vouchers, hygiene kits and medical assistance for families.
Your support for Christian Aid Week will demonstrate that these families are not standing alone, and the donations made will support our ongoing work in reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable people. If you would be prepared to help Christian Aid in any way please contact Alex Chestnutt, . Christian Aid week is the 14th to the 20th May.
Please continue to join with us in prayer for refugees, praying that they will receive kindness and care, and find a safe place to call home.