Quizzing for Christian Aid
Thank you to everyone for their regular donations, and to those who joined the Quiz for Christian Aid, it was a very enjoyable evening, which raised more than £800 once Gift Aid is added on.
Thanks to Alison and Sylvia our quiz ran very smoothly, with 35 households getting together in 10 teams, providing a fun social occasion as well as raising very valuable funds.
Christian Aid and its partners already have experience of limiting the spread of infection during the Ebola crisis, and they will build on this experience to continue to stand together with communities living in poverty during this period. If infection rates start to develop as they are in Europe, then people in poorer countries will be hit even harder. Many are already living with reduced health resilience because of extreme poverty, or in overcrowded humanitarian camps and in countries which do not have the healthcare infrastructures needed to combat widespread disease. They will be working on the ground to help prepare communities to limit the impact of Covid-19.
Thank you to all the volunteers who collected for Christian Aid in 2019, and thank you to the Cubs and Scouts of 20th Oldham, Uppermill Methodist Scout Group, who delivered all the envelopes for us again.
Circle the City
On Saturday, April 28th, 2019 a group of eight of us successfully completed the "Circle the City" sponsored walk for Christian Aid.
The walk was designed to explore and experience the worship history of Manchester by visiting different churches. The weather forecast had been off-putting, but we were fortunate not to get soaked as we avoided the worst of the rain.
The event began with a short presentation about the work of Christian Aid, songs and prayers in Manchester Cathedral at 11.30am, after which we set off around the city centre.
En route we called at Methodist Central Hall, passed through Chinatown, viewed the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter's Square, then via the Central Library to the Friends' Meeting House, follwed by the St Mary's Hidden Gem Church, Cross Street Unitarian Chapel and we finished at St Ann's Church by 4pm. Refreshments were served at several of the venues.
Highlights included a short but lively talk about Sierra Leone at the Methodist Central Hall, the Hidden Gem artistry, and the tour of Cross Street Chapel.
This was the first time in Manchester for this enjoyable and interesting event, and we would certainly encourage others to participate should it happen again in 2020.