Digital solutions for Christian Aid Week 2020

Think of Christian Aid Week and you might picture red envelopes through doors, plant sales, Big Brekkies, banners in front of churches, special services and much more.

Since 1957 the week has brought communities together in action and prayer, and while the current coronavirus pandemic meant that Christian Aid Week 2020 (10–16 May) was rather different, churches across the country stood in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in new and innovative ways.

With daily quizzes and live-streamed worship, supporters got involved from their own homes, with people invited to send an electronic donation envelope – an ‘e-envelope’ – to friends and family. On Sunday 10 May the Bridport Team Ministry broadcast a special morning service on Facebook and YouTube to mark the occasion, with a special ‘visiting’ preacher – the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Christian Aid Week manager Sophie Brightwell says: “Coronavirus is teaching us what it feels like to feel vulnerable, to fear, to be separated and experience scarcity. It’s at times like these – testing and painful times – that we recognise we are all in this together. Coronavirus impacts everyone, but love unites us all. Christian Aid Week has always been a joyful celebration of what we can achieve together for the world’s poorest people and in this time of global crisis Christian Aid’s work is needed as much as ever before.”

“The most vulnerable and marginalised people are at the greatest risk from coronavirus. In Sierra Leone there are no ICU beds and in Malawi there is one ICU bed for every one million people. In refugee camps, people just cannot socially distance themselves from one other, and 40% of the world’s population do not have access to soap and water.”

“Christian Aid was established after the Second World War when people across this country had lost so much but knew that refugees across Europe were in a desperate situation. My hope is that we can show that same compassion and resolve as we saw in a different time of crisis, and show together that love never fails.”

Further information is available at www.christianaid.org.uk including instructions on making a donation. Here in Bridport, one way is to send a cheque made out to ‘Christian Aid’ to the Bridport Churches Together Christian Aid area coordinator, the Revd Lorna Johnson, 60a West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP.