On Sunday 14th May, St Mary’s joined hands across the Christian community to support the annual Christian Aid Week.
This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the first Christian Aid Week, when the now familiar red collecting tins were filled with donations of money from the public to support refugees who had lost everything in World War Two. Sixty years on, the need oto help refugees, who have been driven from their home country by war and natural disaster, is just as great.
As the photos show, you certainly couldn’t miss the fact that St Mary’s was part of this year’s fundraising campaign! A special Christian Aid film, shown at both morning services, vividly brought to life the realities of being a refugee, especially when the animated character of Theodor morphed into the real life person. Thanks to Christian Aid support, he survived moving from camp to camp in different countries and he never forgot this. Now, aged 91 and living in Glasgow, he still gives back to the charity through his fundraising efforts, putting into action the fundamental Christian belief that we should help somebody who needs our help.
Those at the 8.30am service were treated to a delicious breakfast in return for a donation, and the book stall of second hand books and music was open for purchases throughout the day. Many people took Christian Aid envelopes at the end of services, which were returned with donations during the rest of May. We will let you know how much we raise in the June newsletter. Finally there is a petition at the back of the church, which will be given to whoever is prime minister after the General Election, urging them to focus on the issues faced by refugees. Please do sign it if before the election on June 8th.
The Away Giving Committee (Cal Alphonse, Carol Brindle, Jazz Wilson)