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St Paul's collections support Christian Aid Week 15 - 22 May 2016

Who is my neighbour?

To mark this year's Christian Aid Week, St Paul's is once again giving its collection money to this vital cause.

The wonderful work done by Christian Aid will also feature in prayers across the week. This year's appeal features Morsheda, a mother in Bangladesh who lives in fear of floods - and our neighbour.
' ... she knows that the floods will come again. Her home has already been hit several times. Each time, Morsheda gathers her family and holds them close as they wait for the danger to pass.

Christian Aid Week is Britain’s longest-running fundraising week, supported by many thousands of people each year since 1957.  At all Evensong services from 15- 22 May,  collection money will go directly to Christian Aid, with all money donated to the Cathedral's collection boxes.
The Cathedral is pleased and proud to support Christian Aid week and we encourage you to join us. The subject this year is particularly resonant to the Cathedral as the St Paul’s Institute turns its attention to the theme of water and stewardship over the next eighteen months.  Read more about the Institute's Just Water project.  
Morsheda  may live in Bangladesh, but she’s still our neighbour, and we need to consider what we can do to help her, what we can do to help others like her, and how our own actions can affect the lives of others however far away.
St Paul’s will also once again be one of the stations on the Circle the City sponsored walk on May 22 2016. Find out how to join walkers to mark the end of Christian Aid Week.
We hope and pray that Christian Aid Week will be successful in alerting the world to the changes that must be made to many people’s lives in our world and celebrate Christian Aid’s vital and practical contribution to that change.
A prayer from Bangladesh
O Saviour Christ, in whose way of life lies the secret of all life,
and the hopes of all the people,
we pray for quiet courage to meet this hour.
We did not choose to be born or to live in such an age.
But let its problems challenge us,
its discoveries exhilarate us,
its injustice anger us, its possibilities inspire us,
and its vigour renew us,
for your Kingdom’s sake. 

(John Carden, Bangladesh, A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, Cassell, 1998)