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Carols by Candlelight at St Andrew's Church includes a collection for Christian Aid

Service: 
Carols by Candlelight at St Andrew's Church includes a collection for Christian Aid
When: 
Sun, 17/12/2017 - 18:30
Church: 
St Andrews
leader: 
Rev John Cook
Body: 

Carols by Candlelight St Andrew's Church Sunday 17 December 2017 at 6.30pm

picture of a single lighted candleThe candles are displayed on the window ledges around the Church and the words to the Carols are projected onto the front wall of the Church.

During the Service a collection will be made for Christian Aid to help those dying from hunger in South Sudan.

This Christmas, the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal will focus on the plight of the people in Southern Sudan. The need is great, more funds are urgently needed to reach vulnerable children.

 

picture of a mother and baby representing the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal 2017

As many families gather together for a time of plenty and abundance, millions of mothers and young children hit by severe hunger in countries across the world, including South Sudan, are wondering where their next meal will come from.

This Christmas, for every pound you give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, the UK Government will also give a pound, meaning even more mothers and children under-five across Sub Saharan Africa will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.

Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan: the first time it was declared anywhere in six years. More than three years of conflict had displaced nearly 4 million people, disrupting harvests and leading to devastating food shortages. Although the famine was averted, the crisis in South Sudan has reached unprecedented levels – nearly 6 million people are facing severe food insecurity. If left untreated, acute malnutrition – the most extreme form of food crisis – can lead to death.

Aluel used to run a small business selling tea and bread at her local market, which provided enough money to feed her family.  As the situation in South Sudan deteriorated, inflation rose to 800%, meaning her earnings could no longer buy enough food to put on the table.

The mother-of-four could only provide one meal a day for her family, and sometimes that meal would consist of nothing but leaves.

Christian Aid partner organisation SPEDP (Support for Peace and Education and Development Programme) is providing cash vouchers to people, like Aluel, struggling with acute malnutrition in South Sudan, so they can buy essential food in local markets to help their families recover.

Donations made to the Christmas appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million. The UK Government’s match will fund our work in South Sudan.  Please donate at www.caid.org.uk/Christmas

You can be their beacon of hope. You can light the way. Please donate today to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal 2017.

Please note that any cheque donations should be made payable to 'Christian Aid', thank you.

 

Please come along and enjoy praising God and singing.  Coffee, mince pies and fellowship will follow at the conclusion of the Service.