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Christian Aid Week and Local Activities Throughout May

10th–16th May 2021

Christian Aid Week is fast approaching, and with it an opportunity to show our love for our neighbours around the world. The focus this year is the climate emergency, a truly global issue for which we all take responsibility.


Dates for Your Diary

  • Throughout May — Run to the Philippines!

  • Throughout May — 300,000 Steps in May Challenge

  • Saturday 8th May, 10am–12 noon — Write to the Prime Minister

  • Sunday 9th May, 6:30pm — Ecumenical Christian Aid Service at St Mary’s

  • Friday 21st May, 7pm — The Quiztian Aid quiz

See below for more details!

A note from Christian Aid:

“This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day. From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people like Rose are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.


“Your gift could help a community build an earth dam so, when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.


“…Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.

Together we stop this climate crisis.

It would be wonderful if we could show our generosity to our brothers and sisters living in extreme poverty by donating to this cause.


How You Can Donate


Yet again this year, we’re not able to do house to house collections, but there are still a number of different ways you can give:

  • by supporting our local fundraising activities — See below for a list of them!

  • or by giving directly to Christian Aid — On their Ways to Donate web page you can find out how to give directly to Christian Aid online, by phone, bank transfer or cheque.

As you can see below, there will be lots of events and activities going on in Haxby and Wigginton!


Local Fundraising Activities


Run to the Philippines!


Throughout May, a group of church park runners and friends are planning to run “from York to the Philippines”. That’s a distance of 6,550 miles or 10,541 Km — a very, very long way!


If you’d like to read more about the challenge or donate to their efforts, please visit their Run to the Philippines Just Giving page.


Would you like to join in and add some miles/Kms of your own? The team will be very grateful! Email Liz Spain at localpastor@hwmc.org.uk and ask how to contribute your distances.



300,000 Steps in May Challenge


If running isn’t your thing, why not sign up to the 300,000 Steps in May Challenge?


You can find details about it and how to join in on the 300,000 Steps in May Challenge page at the Christian Aid website.



Join us for Quiztian Aid!


The Children, Youth and Families team, along with some of their crew, have put together a quiz called Quiztian Aid, which will be launched live on YouTube at 7pm on Friday 21st May.


There will be sections on General Knowledge, Sports, Arts and Music, 2020 and a special Mystery Round which the young people have created together. Answers will be revealed at the end of the month.

The Quiztian Aid quiz will be loaded onto the HWMC YouTube Channel the day before, on Thursday 20th May.


To make a donation for the quizzing team’s efforts, you can do so via their Quiztian Aid Just Giving page.



Other Things You Can Do


Worship for Christian Aid Week


St. Mary’s Church is hosting the ecumenical Christian Aid Service at 6:30pm on Sunday 9th May. The subject is Climate Change and the speaker is Mrs Margaret Price.


All welcome to this service. Face masks and social distancing will be in operation.

You will need to book a seat using St Mary’s website.



Write to the Prime Minister


On Saturday 8th May between 10am and 12 noon there will be gazebos outside St Mary’s Church, with an opportunity to write a postcard to the Prime Minister and show your support for climate justice, ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall in June.


Social distancing measures will be in place, and further opportunities for donations.


You can read more about G7 Action on the Christian Aid website.



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