Christian Aid Week 2020 at All Saints Church Dedworth
In May, Christian Aid Week has been an important part of church life at All Saints for as long as any of us can remember. Over those years we have raised an incredible amount of money to help those people around the world of all faiths and none who live in poverty.
It has been my privilege to have represented you all on the local Christian Aid committee for the last few years. You may remember how we used to deliver and then collect envelopes door to door and street by street, the Big Breakfasts we have enjoyed and the sponsored walks you have joined or supported. This year will be very different because of the lockdown but the poor need our help more than ever. No country is blessed with an NHS like ours. Imagine having no water nearby to wash your hands in. Medical help has to be paid for. Food has to be grown or bought. Jobs are not easily come by. We want to help. . . . but how?
1. It crossed my mind that everyone enjoys breakfast. It really sets you up for the day. Also, a lot of people are cooking more now that they are locked down with more time on their hands.
How about cooking up a storm-of-a-breakfast for yourself and everyone else in your house on Saturday 16th May? Plan ahead and get in what you want – sausages, black pudding, bacon and eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes. Are you drooling yet? Cook it, enjoy it and donate to Christian Aid – because you can.
2. And then there was the Sponsored Walk.
Who wants to walk for Christian Aid this year? Why not choose one day in Christian Aid Week 10th May – 16th May to walk a lot, or take the whole week and do a bit each day, or even the whole of May and do a certain distance overall.
Peter and I are locked down and have been ordered to stay at home so it will be hard for me. I have bought a step counter and have never yet managed to get to 10 000 steps a day even with online keep fit classes in the morning. I am going to ask people to sponsor me to achieve 3 days in that week when I do walk 10 000 steps a day. If I don’t make that you don’t have to pay up! Maybe £1 for every day of the week I achieve it? You decide. I will let you know on 17th how I did.
I know so far in this lockdown I have been very focussed on my own family and our church family and the community of Dedworth, but this is a good opportunity to look out further. So please would you consider giving what you can – perhaps £2 (the price of a coffee out if you can remember back that far) or £5 if you are feeling more flush (the cost of an activity you haven’t been able to do in lockdown) Or what larger sums will buy are detailed below.
Here is a link to the Windsor Christian Aid Week JustGiving page and we would be grateful for any contributions, or you can send me a cheque made payable to Christian Aid.
Thank you for considering this request. Praying that you and those you love keep safe and well in these extraordinary times.
- £30 would pay for a family to have hygiene kits and safe water
- £50 could help pay for a community toilet and handwashing block
- £100 could help set up a clean water point