Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 11 May 2014: Year A, Christian Aid Sunday
Texts: Psalm 23
Life in its fullness- for everyone!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
Someone told me a tale recently of a young girl from Glasgow sent to stay on holiday on some Hebridean island. The island aunt and uncle were strict Sabbatarians, and after church in the morning there was not a lot to do, for she’d been told that she ought to stay in and quietly read an improving book. She certainly wasn’t go out and to play and disturb the island’s Sabbath calm. But she asked her aunt if she could be allowed to at least go out to take a quiet walk to the bottom of the garden. Continue reading
This week members of our congregation are collecting round the streets of our parish for Christian Aid.
On Saturday, they already raised lots of money at a coffee morning for Christian Aid.
To find out more about Christian Aid week, visit the Christian Aid Week website. You can also make a donation to Christian Aid there.
Here’s the film about Colombia which we watched at St Stephen’s today.
Here’s a film about work with refugees in South Sudan, mentioned in the sermon on Christian Aid Sunday.
Here the text of the leaflet our collectors are taking with them.
For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is a part of daily life.
Right now, fuelled by the devastating violence in both Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the numbers of people driven from their homes by war is on the rise. It stands at 42 million people- an appalling statistic and a stain on the conscience of humanity. We can’t turn our backs. We must act now.
Could you provide the gift of hope?
£15 could provide blankets for refugee children to protect them from bitter night-time temperatures.
£40 could provide enough good quality and nutritious food for two refugee children for a month.
£150 could help provide specialist emotional support for a child deeply traumatised by the horror of war that they’ve witnessed or experienced.
The money we raise during Christian Aid week goes to partners helping those displaced by war. They help people regardless of their religion.
Last year, 20,000 churches across the country helped raise £12m for Christian Aid Week.
This week, hundreds of people from Inverness churches are once more collecting for Christian Aid because we know their partners do so much to help those in need.
Thank you for supporting Christian Aid, and helping the victims of war.
Rev Peter W Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church