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Christian Aid Week 2014

11-17 May 2014
     
 

With the generous support of St Matthew’s congregation, Christian Aid Week 2014 raised over £1005. This was through various efforts – the familiar Red Envelope collection, a Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 May at our Organiser’s house, a Full English Breakfast in the Parish Centre on Saturday 17 May, a Quiz, plus the proceeds from our Friday lunch on 16 May.

Hannah Thomson, a Student and Youth Intern for Christian Aid, came to the Breakfast to talk about her recent visit to Colombia. Hannah quoted from Acts 2: 42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’

teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

This example of the early church shows a community sharing with one another, sharing with their local community. Today we no longer exist just in local communities, but as global communities – 40% of the products in our supermarkets are imported. But we are failing to care for the global community of which we are a part. Christian Aid is a charity that supports local organisations to end poverty in their communities, working in some 50 countries around the globe, just one of them being Colombia. Hannah spoke about the impact our donations will make to these local communities and how they will change their lives.

This year’s Christian Aid theme of Reconciliation was at the heart of the event, aiming to make a change in helping to ease the endless of amounts of fear that destroy people’s everyday lives in Columbia, Iraq and South Sudan. With Christian Aid’s help these people will get the vital support they need to fund life-changing programmes – hugely appreciated by the local communities.

Please find below a selection of photos taken at the Breakfast on Saturday 17 May.
 
       
       
     

 

 
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