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Ickenham Church News - May 2004

House-to-house collection

Christian Aid Week, 9-15 May 2004

In 2004, Christian Aid Week focuses on the slogan that has inspired so many people over the years: 'We believe in life before death'.  It reminds us that in the face of poverty and despair, we continue to hope, pray and act for a better world.  Our belief in life before death compels us to stand alongside those who are struggling, and proclaim that life should be about more than mere survival.

Raising money for Christian Aid changes lives.  Poverty can be overwhelming. Statistics point to massive human need around the world. It would be easy to give up. Yet Christian Aid's partners work tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of the world's poorest people.  From agricultural training projects to building new wells, and health education activities to women's advocacy groups, each project is rooted in the needs of the local community and designed to have maximum impact on poverty.

Even very small amounts of money can make a difference. A sixth of the world's population suffers from chronic hunger - but for just £1 a family in Sierra Leone can be provided with enough rice seeds to grow food that will last all year. A child dies every 15 seconds as a result of poor sanitation or unclean water - yet for as little as £10, a child in Ethiopia can be provided with safe freshwater for life. By raising funds for Christian Aid you are helping to fight poverty, a step at a time. Each sum given enables more of this work to happen; and each life changed is a step towards a better world.

By supporting Christian Aid Week, you are among the millions of people who think poverty is a scandal we do not have to accept.  Your actions, commitment and contributions will bring about a better life for people in poor communities all over the world. We believe in life before death. Life is for living, not merely surviving.

Ickenham's army of Christian Aid volunteer collectors will be popping the familiar red envelope through your door at the beginning of the week starting 9th May and will hope to collect them from you in the days following. Thanks to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, remember that by taking just a few seconds to complete the Gift Aid statement on the envelope, the value your gift will be increased automatically by nearly 30% at NO COST TO YOU.

Since there will never cease to be some in need on earth. I therefore command you, 'Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbour'. Deuteronomy 15: 11.

Bernard Pearce


Drop-in For The Bereaved

Third Monday of each month. St Giles' Church Hall, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors.  The next meeting is Monday 19th April (also Monday 17th May). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.

Ickenham Good Neighbour Scheme

Exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We're here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.


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