10th May 2020 Christian Aid Sunday in APC
Welcome and Introduction
Good morning everybody and welcome to our service of worship. Today marks the beginning of Christian Aid week.
Christian Aid is an international aid and development agency. The Christian Aid family, works across 37 countries to promote sustainable development, to strive for social justice and to support poor and marginalised people, whatever their beliefs, sexuality, gender or ethnicity, to lift themselves out of poverty.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has long been a supporter of the work of Christian Aid and contributes to its projects in the world through our World Development Appeal around Christmas each year.
Many congregations also hold a special Christian Aid Sunday at the beginning of Christian Aid week in May every year. Normally that involves inviting a guest speaker and holding a special lunch or coffee morning to raise awareness of their work and to give people an opportunity to contribute financially if they wish.
Due to the lockdown we are unable to do that this year, so instead, I want you to sit back and enjoy a virtual service that the Christian Aid Ireland staff workers have prepared for us.
The service has a very special link to us as a Presbyterian community as the sermon will be led by Rev Dr Liz Hughes who is a retired Presbyterian minister and the Chair of Christian Aid Ireland.
At the end of the service there will be a link mentioned that you can use if you wish to contribute to the work of Christian Aid at this time. The link is also on our Facebook page and website.
So without further ado let me hand you over to the Christian Aid team as they lead us in worship this morning…
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