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Lord Rowan Williams launches St Albans' Christian Aid Week

Tue, 10 May 2016

Lord Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury

Lord Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be preaching at the 9.30 and 11.15am services at St Albans Cathedral next Sunday, 15 May, to mark the start of the annual Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection and associated fundraising events.

St Peter’s Church will later that day be hosting the annual Christian Aid Ecumenical service, a festal evensong celebrating Pentecost and the work of Christian Aid, drawing together churches of all denominations around the city.

During Christian Aid Week, this year 15-21 May, the 23 participating churches across St Albans will be sending out an army of volunteers on the annual house to house collection, dropping the distinctive red envelopes through the letterboxes of homes across the city and collecting in the donations. They expect to raise around £30,000.

Christian Aid Week is Britain and Ireland’s longest-running fundraising week, raising £10 million last year alone. It has been a firm fixture in the calendar of many thousands of people each year since 1957. It is famous for reaching millions of homes each May – and for the massive impact that the week has made in the fight to end the scandal of poverty around the world.

This year, Christian Aid is collecting money to help families in Bangladesh whose homes are regularly flooded. A £250 Home Pack will pay for a house to be raised above the flood waters and buy a goat and seeds to help poverty stricken families become more selfsufficient. 

The house-to-house collection is one of a series of fundraising events taking place in St Albans in Christian Aid Week. On Saturday 17 May at 7.30pm, Marshalswick Baptist Church, Sherwood Avenue, will host a concert, “In or Out”, a topical celebration of British and European music in support of Christian Aid.  We are still looking for collectors - if you are interested and can help, click here for a list of streets.

Churches Together in Marshalswick will host the annual Christian Aid Market on Saturday, 21 May, from 10am to 2pm outside St Mary’s, Marshalswick.

St Albans Cathedral will be holding a “Big Brekkie” fundraising breakfast on 21 May in the Cathedral from 10-11.30am. This will be one of a series of Big Brekkies being organised round the city. Contact your nearest church for details of a Big Brekkie near you.

The Revd Canon Richard Watson, Sub Dean of the Cathedral, said “We are delighted that Lord Williams will be with us to launch this year’s Christian Aid Week. Our usual team of volunteers will contribute directly to the sterling work that Christian Aid does. I would urge everyone to give generously towards this important appeal, and make a real difference to the people of Bangladesh”.

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