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Christian Aid Week: Thank You!

  • Last Updated: Sunday, 04 September 2016 11:05
  • Written by All Saints Admin
  • 04 Sep

All Saints has a group of dedicated Christian Aid collectors who year after year trudge round the streets, delivering and collecting envelopes, come sun, wind or downpours of rain. We are committed to improving the circumstances of some of the poorest people in the Third World. This year, we were inspired by the plight of Morsheda and her family, trying to survive on the frequently flooded islands in the River in Bangladesh. The aim was to provide funds and materials so that her house, and others like it, could be raised onto higher ground. Then seeds, worms, cattle and chickens would be provided so that these families could provide food for themselves and also have some things to sell to make money for necessities.

Our efforts were not in vain. Many kind and generous people responded to our door knocking and we collected £2,152. Many people also took the time to fill in the Gift Aid slips and this brought our total to £2,419.34.

It takes courage to knock on doors. Our oldest collectors were in their eighties and nineties and the walking was often hard work for them. For those of us who have been doing it for several years, it is a joy to meet these kind people each year and to realise that some have saved money throughout the year to fill their envelopes (or carrier bags in some cases)!

My deepest gratitude to all concerned.

Rosemary Sumner, C.A. Organiser for Bromsgrove.

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Pastoral Letter - August 2016

  • Last Updated: Sunday, 04 September 2016 10:48
  • Written by All Saints Admin
  • 04 Sep

Dear Friends,

As I write this, I’m off on holiday tomorrow and I haven’t packed a thing yet! I love holidays once I'm away but I don’t enjoy packing my suitcase or rather trying to decide what to take and what to leave behind. I usually end up taking far too much, just in case I need it, only to bring much of it back home never worn.

But then invariably when I arrive on holiday I find I’ve forgotten to take something important – like my toothbrush! One year we set off on a camping holiday and I forgot to pack the gas bottle for the cooker – an expensive mistake. To forget to take my passport tomorrow would be pretty disastrous.

Life’s journey can be a bit like this. We can surround ourselves with a lot of what we don’t really need and neglect to have with us the really important things. People of our society in the wealthy western world, have an increasing preoccupation with possessions and the acquisition of things. They may feel that they can’t do without the latest gadget or appliance or they just have to have that extra pair of shoes. And many lured into buying with a credit card what they didn’t really need, find themselves in debt.

I believe that fruitful and contented travelling through life requires us to identify what we really need and to be satisfied with that. When we remember that many in our world don’t even have what we would consider to be the essentials in life, we may be moved to spend our spare money on a worthwhile charity.

And it’s the same in our church life. It’s worth asking – what are we carrying with us that’s weighing us down, sapping all our time and energies and stopping us from doing the real work of the Kingdom?


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