CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2016
St Mary’s was awash with bunting, banners and balloons on Sunday 22nd May, as we joined hands with our Christian neighbours across the country to support the annual Christian Aid Week. This year focused specifically on the
problems faced by families in Bangladesh, where flooding in the low lying areas means they face a precarious existence.
At church, we heard the moving story of Morsheda and her family. Earning 74p per day doing backbreaking manual labour, she is trapped by poverty and has lost her home many times due to flooding. Her home is permanently
flooded and the family live on a platform just above the water, a dangerous situation with young children who have often fallen in and nearly drowned. We also heard how it doesn’t take much to make a difference to families like
Morsheda’s: £2 for seeds to grow food to eat, £21 for a wormery to make compost for seeds to grow in, £25for a goat, £200 to raise dwellings above flood water.
We held a variety of fundraising activites to support Christian Aid Week, and thanks to the hugely generous contributions of the St Mary’s congregation, we raised a total of £1595.61 (not including Gift Aid). This will help to lift at least six families to safety from future floods and provide them with a long-term income and a solid foundation for a new life.
Attendees of the 8.30am service were treated to a delicious breakfast afterwards organised by Carol Brindle, during which we watched the Christian Aid film about Morsheda. Then the bakers in the congregation came out in
force, and a cake sale, including those decorated in Christian Aid red and white by children in Junior Church during the service, raised just over £200.
Thank you so much to everyone. An extra special thank you goes to Dominique Price, who took the remainder of the cakes home and sold them on a stall to passers by later on during the day.
The remainder of the funds came from the envelopes which people so generously put money into.
In this round up of Christian Aid Week activities, it feels appropriate to also mention the sterling efforts of Hatta Hodson. She joined the CIRCLE THE CITY walk which started and finished at St Mary le Bow church, and took her
past some familiar London churches and sites as well as some hidden gems. It was perfect walking weather, and there was even time for lunch in Temple Garden. In total, Hatta raised just over £1000, a personal best for her, and
enough to help five families in Bangladesh.