The Church of England is divided into parishes so that each church can relate to a particular geographical area. We draw our congregations from that area, try to serve the needs of everyone living in that area.
But we also look beyond our parish boundaries to the wider world, and its people. We pray for the world, of course. And we support charities – often church charities – who are trying to improve the lives of people in the world’s poorest places. One of those Charities is Christian Aid.
Christian Aid exists to help the poorest people of the world. Their work is about spreading God’s love through improving people’s lives. They support projects in ‘the third world’ which develop things like agriculture, schooling, healthcare, sanitation, women’s rights, and so on.
Such work costs money. Once a year they have a huge fundraising effort – Christian Aid Week. In every parish n the country church members go from door to door asking the whole parish population to support the charity’s work. As I write, Christian Aid Week is in full flow - my thanks to all who have been collecting, and all who have given.
Of course, Christian Aid would appreciate our support for the other 51 weeks of the year as well. If you would like to give to them more regularly it’s easy ... just follow this link: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/