The Church actively supports Christian Aid. Collections are held in response to Christian Aid appeals at times of international crisis, and regular support is given to the local Christian Aid working party, who organise the house to house collection each May and also arrange a number of fundraising events each year, including austerity lunches (soup and cheese) in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesday lunchtimes during Lent.
Carol Singing in the Square is an annual event in December. Below is an article that was written in Shorelines a local newspaper about the event and a picture of the singers in 2014.
Celebrating Christmas: scenes from the Square
Another commercialised Christmas has come and gone beneath the welter of extravagant presents and too much food.
And if Black Friday wasn’t enough to tell us everything we need to know about the ‘Christmas Spirit’ consider this: millions of us start browsing the sales online every Christmas Day, spending an estimated £228m.
The festive season has become a frenzy of shopping, with shops on Black Friday looking like scenes from a war zone. Bargain hunters were seen brawling over TVs and other goods as though their lives depended on it.
Rampant materialism has all but destroyed the true definition of ‘goodwill to all men’.
But on a dull and drizzly day a group of people gathered in St Peter’s Square singing Christmas carols.
They were from the various different churches in the surrounding area, who gather on the last Thursday before Christmas each year to raise money for Christian Aid.
The group isn’t a formal choir, and its members don’t rehearse together at all during the year, yet they all turn up, in good faith, in all weathers, and sing their hearts out.
Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency for 41 British and Irish churches, and works to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty, and regardless of religion, nationality or race.
Amid all the bustle and the buying, the eats and the treats, the group of people in the Square that day surely rekindled the real spirit of the season – it was heartwarming to stand in the rain among them.
Local events are advertised in our Weekly Notices and Monthly News Sheet but to find out more about Christian Aid visit the website at www.christianaid.org.uk/