UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
News from St Andrew’s
Craig’s letter of 6 May
Revd Craig Bowman
Christian Aid Week
Next week (10-16 May) is Christian Aid Week. This year the emphasis of the campaign is the climate crisis which hurts us all but people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day. From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives.
It’s not just with regard to the climate crisis that the inequalities of our world are seen at this time. In the UK, over 33 and a half million people have had their first dose of a COVID vaccine and more than 12 and a half million have had two doses. As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their COVID vaccinations, we rejoice and are glad that our loved ones are safe and protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK. However for the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These are people who already face lack of water, food and basic healthcare.
Christian Aid is already working to help keep people safe from the coronavirus with practical support but with donations the charity can do more. In these unusual times it’s unlikely that you’ll have someone knocking at your door doing the house-to-house collection but there are still easy ways to give:
- By using the Donate button on the St Andrew’s website and selecting Christian Aid,
- or through the United Reformed Church and Christian Aid initiative called Give Thanks For Your Vaccine.
It is good to recognise how fortunate we are to live in a country where the COVID-19 vaccine is free and available and do something practical by donating to help those parts of the world where this is not the case. Please do consider donating to this great cause and suggesting it to family, friends and neighbours.
If you would prefer to give in a more traditional way by cheque please write 'Christian Aid' on the back and send it to the church office.
It is hoped that we might be able to run a fundraising event later in the year when we can all gather safely again.
The reading this week from John’s Gospel continues on from last week’s encouragement to bear fruit and finishes with the injunction to love one another. In the midst of a global pandemic and in Christian Aid Week it is good to remember that we are not asked to love only those who are close to us.
We shall again be meeting for worship in St Andrew’s at 10.30am. This service will be streamed live on the St Andrew’s YouTube channel. The audio version of the service will be available from 10.30am via the church website or by calling 020 3870 2810.
May the spirit of joyful giving transform communities across this nation and the world this Christian Aid Week.
Posted on 6 May 2021