Saturday, 11 June, 2011: From our News page
Thank you on behalf of the Langford Christian Aid Committee to everyone who has contributed time, money and support in any other way to Christian Aid over the past year. The total raised comes to £1,844.50, all of which goes to Christian Aid central funds for their work in helping those in poverty, out of poverty.
The 2011 Lent Appeal Boxes brought in £298.01, our Christian Aid Service raised £95.77 and this year's house-to-house collection, £1,450.72.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year runs May 15th - 21st. We started the week at St Andrew's with a joint service on Sunday 15th with our friends from the Methodist Chapel, jointly presided over by the Revd Sue Groom, our own Priest-in-Charge, and the Revd David Haseldine, Methodist Minister for Shefford and the surrounding villages, with prayers led by Graham Isaac, the Langford Christian Aid Committee's Area Organiser.
Between them they challenged us to reflect upon the situation faced by people in developing nations such as Nicaragua, featured in this year's Christian Aid Week flyers, shown below. As individuals, it seems that nothing we do can make a difference when their need is so great; but by working together we can make an immense difference, a difference that will help people living in poverty out of poverty — for good!
That's the message on this year's Christian Aid envelopes:
Your gift in this envelope will help people living in poverty out of poverty. For good.
If you haven't already received one, please look out for one of those distinctive red envelopes appearing through your letterbox, and put as much as you can in it, ready for when a volunteer calls to collect it. Whether that's a few pence or a few pounds, it all adds up — and if you're a UK taxpayer, Christian Aid can receive 25p more from the government for every £1 you contribute, at no cost to you. Please fill in the form attached to the envelope and include it with your donation.
If for any reason your envelope isn't collected, please drop it in at either St Andrew's Church or the Methodist Chapel, or take it to The Vicarage, 65 Church Street, Langford, Bedfordshire SG18 9QT.
Graham Isaac writes:
LENT THIS YEAR begins on Wednesday, 9th March, and Christian Aid would like us all to make Lent more meaningful by counting our blessings. Here in Langford, Christian Aid Count your Blessings 2011 leaflets and Lent Appeal Boxes are available from both St Andrew's Church and the Methodist Church, Langford Chapel, to take home and use during Lent (please return your appeal boxes to either St Andrew's Church or Langford Chapel as soon as possible after Easter).
In the leaflet there are simple daily actions and reflections that can be followed, between Ash Wednesday and Easter, to help us reflect on the good things in our lives and for us to think about those for whom life is very different.
It is hoped that these simple daily actions and reflections will add up to become a more meaningful Lent for us, as well as a gift for those living in poverty around the world.
Lent is a wonderful opportunity to pray, celebrate and give thanks for even our smallest blessings, and to turn our thoughts to those in need around the world, for whom your prayers and support would be most welcome.
Langford's Christian Aid Committee is made up of members of both St Andrew's Church and the Methodist Chapel. Our main activities during the year consist of the Lent Appeal Boxes, a Christian Aid Week Service and a House to House Collection. All participants are volunteers and all proceeds received are forwarded to the national Christian Aid campaign without any deduction.
If you would like more information about the support given to Christian Aid by St Andrew's Church and Langford Chapel, or to assist in the house to house collection, if you don't already do so, please contact any member of the Committee.
Where does the money go?
Download these leaflets to find out about two of the projects that money given to Christian Aid supports:
Christian Aid Week: 15-21 May 2011
Daring to dream the impossible