Christian Aid

CA-logo1Local Methodists have a long history of strong support for Christian Aid, both within their worshiping communities and individually.

We are actively involved in the Beeston and Chilwell ecumenical Christian Aid group.  Beeston Methodist Church is well represented, with 3 of our members:  Diane Bown, Mary Baxter and Paula Dawson holding the posts of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
Regular events and activities:  There is a regular ‘pattern’ of fundraising events within Beeston Methodist Church congregations including the annual Soup Lunch, served at our Wollaton Road premises following the Good Friday Walk of Witness, the Lent Count Your Blessings Daily Reflections, coffee mornings, donations from the annual Christmas card tree and the Hunger lunch following morning worship during Christian Aid Week.

Review of Christian Aid Week 2016

The various churches within the Beeston and Chilwell group take part in the House to House collection during Christian Aid week.  The total raised May 2016 was £13150.73.  While this is slightly down on last year, it’s still a great result, and will go a long way to helping some of the poorest communities in the world.

The CAW 2016 focus was on the region in the south of Bangladesh, where Christian Aid and its local partner were working to improve the lives of vulnerable families, who live on low-lying islands in the Brahmaputra River.  The aim is to do this by raising their houses 7 foot higher, so they are above flood water level, on banks of compacted earth.  This will mean that when the river rises the families have a safe home.  Also providing livestock, seeds and worms for composting, to provide a long term income. The Story showed us a family who had already been helped, and how ica-dinner-poster-2016t improved their lives, and a family still needing their house to be raised up.

FUTURE PLANS

On 29 October 2016, we are holding our 2nd  Fundraising Dinner:    We are looking forward to enjoying a wonderful 5 course meal with an Autumnal flavour,  prepared by Jonathan Marston, the chef at St. Michael’s Church, Bramcote, with our diners serenaded with live music during the dessert course.  Hannah Silcock, the Christian Aid Coordinator for Nottinghamshire based at the Regional Office in Loughborough will join us to speak briefly about the project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, earmarked to benefit from our fundraising.

circuit-partnership-launchThe Nottingham Trent Valley Circuit has embarked on a Community partnership with Christian Aid, to specifically support a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This project is working to change the lives of millions of people in the Maniema province in the east of the country through a process of accountable governance:  more details at Community Partnership.  The Circuit has committed itself raising £5,000 by the end of March 2018.   And thanks to the EU matched funding of £3 for every £1 raised or donated  –  each £1 will become £4!  Making a grand total of £20,000!

The Dinner on 29 October is the first big event in our fundraising efforts.

Another planned fundraiser is Christmas Tree 2016:  You are invited to put a donation in an envelope and pin it to the special Christian Aid Christmas trees, which will be at both Chilwell Road site and Wollaton Road site over the Advent and Christmas season.

 

Date for your diary:  Christian Aid Week 2017:  14 – 20 May  –  watch out for more information about themes and activities in the New Year.