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'Go for it' this Christian Aid Week

30 April 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out to encourage parishes to give their support to Christian Aid Week volunteers

Britain's longest running door-to door fundraising week, Christian Aid, is almost here.

Running from May 11 to 17, this year's theme is reconciliation with a special focus on supporting communities in war-ravaged countries including South Sudan, helping them to rebuild their lives and live a life free from fear.

Last year, a total of 20,000 churches across the country helped raise more than £12m for Christian Aid Week.

And this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is urging parishes to sign up to collect.

Speaking in a specially recorded video the Archbishop called on parishes to 'go for it with the volunteers', adding: "They may not individually see the fruits of what they do, but they are doing something which is seen by God and which changes things."

Click here to watch the video in full.

Many parishes are already involved but there is still time to sign up and order the free collection packs or download the free resources from www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved

Events taking place locally include:

Saturday, May 10: Humber Bridge Cross
2pm-5pm
Get sponsored to cross the famous Humber Bridge as many times as you can and raise money to help Christian Aid lift communities out of poverty. Refreshments will be available on both sides of the bridge. For more information, please contact Judi Perry on 01509 754764 or jperry@christian-aid.org
The Boston Christian Aid group will be putting on a mini-bus to take people from Boston to the Humber Bridge. The buses will leave Centenary Methodist Church in Boston at 12 noon to arrive in Barton upon Humber for 2pm; the buses will then leave at 5pm to return in Boston by 7pm. Bus fare is £5 per sponsored adult or £10 for unsponsored adults; under 18s go free.

Saturday, May 17: Walk in the Wolds
9am start
Enjoy a countryside walk and raise a bit of money for a very good cause! All three walks start at Louth Methodist Church Centre, Nichol Hill at 9am.
Walk 1: The first walk is Nichol Hill to Tathwell (3 miles)
Walk 2: The second walk is as the first then on to Tetford, and then Scamblesby (15 miles)
Walk 3: As the second walk but then continues on to Donington-On-Bain, Welton-Le-Wold and back to the church (32 miles).The minimum donation to Christian Aid will be £5 for walk 1 and £10 for walks 2 and 3. Walkers can also get sponsored for taking part to raise even more money. Transport will be arranged back to the church for the first two walks. For more information, contact Derek or Julia Gibson on 01507 602746.

To promote this year's Christian Aid Week those taking part are being asked to publicise their activities in one of three ways: have a photo taken while out collecting door-to-door with a Christian Aid bucket or at the local station/supermarket etc; join the ‘hands together' movement and have a photo taken with a hand print on your face in solidarity with the people in Colombia, in Nueva Vida, who have been forced from their land or join the Twitter campaign #onething and have your photo taken with the one thing you would grab if you had to suddenly flee your home as a refugee.

Whatever you do this Christian Aid Week we'd love to hear all about it, email sarah.baker@lincoln.anglican.org  or find the Diocese of Lincoln on Facebook and Twitter.