Our special Christian Aid event at EMC this year will take place on the evening of Saturday May 12th when there will be a meal and Laura Mead from Christian Aid will come to share with us about their work. Please come along and support this event and promote it amongst your friends. More details will be available nearer the time or please speak to Kathryn Thompson.
As a result of the change in government legislation regarding house to house collections by charities, the church leadership team has agreed that we should no longer do this and so we will not be asking for volunteers for house to house collecting this year. We do acknowledge the hard work that people have put in over the years and thank them very much.
If you have friends that you know who would like to donate at this time we will have envelopes and collecting tins in the Welcome Area and in Roots throughout Christian Aid Week.
We will still be running a public street collection in Epsom Town Centre on Saturday 19th May between 9.00am and 3pm or 4.00pm (depending on volunteers). If you would be willing to do an hour’s slot, please contact Gillian Mead.
Christian Aid June 2017 update
How lovely it was to welcome so many people to both the Christian Aid Service and the two meals on Sunday 14th May. With around 100 for the joint service and a total of around 70 fed, it was a wonderful time of community and fellowship. Our thanks go to Ann, Una and Sheila for all they contributed as well as to everyone who helped in any way, great or small.
It was a real privilege to have Laura Mead, area co-ordinator for Christian Aid, visit us and share again the message of Christ’s love for the needy and how we, as Christians, are called to be partners with Him in our giving, our helping and our praying. As she told us of the work of Christian Aid, we felt the pleasure of success stories such as in Haiti where the input to small scale dairy farming means they can now provide wholesome milk for local schools, only to be contrasted with the desperate sadness of the seemingly endless plight of refugees as they are herded into camps in neighbouring countries, having fled the most horrific situations in their own. This year Christian Aid Week is celebrating its 70th Anniversary by highlighting the needs of so many refugees, just as they did in 1945 at the end of the 2nd World War.
At the time of writing this for the June issue, the Christian Aid envelopes for this year will have been put through doors and a tireless force of volunteers have been calling house to house to collect them again. We pray that people will be generous in giving, but more importantly that they will be touched by the plight of so many in our world today and will be challenged by that force of Love that will not turn its back on those in need. If you missed Christian Aid week, it is not too late to give, or to think about how you can help and it is never too late to pray.
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