27 June 2012
Christian Aid's Director, Loretta Minghella, joined a celebration picnic with supporters to launch the Poverty Over exhibition at Winchester Cathedral.
The sun shone and the band played as Christian Aid supporters from across Hampshire joined a celebration picnic with Loretta Minghella in the Dean of Winchester's garden on 24 June 2012.
The picnic followed a Christian Aid-themed service at the Cathedral, at which Loretta preached.
In her sermon at the sung Eucharist, Loretta shared the moving story of her own journey with Christian Aid. She spoke of vocation and calling in relation to the theme of John the Baptist and related this to her own experiences of rediscovering her faith.
Christian Aid Week 2012
Loretta also talked about her visit to partner organisations in Sierra Leone, this year's focus country for Christian Aid Week.
At the garden party, Loretta paid tribute to the dedication of local Christian Aid supporters and their commitment to our work to eradicate extreme poverty.
She also drew the winners of the 2012 Christian Aid Week South West quiz. The picnic's party atmosphere was enhanced by Portchester Community School's Panjazz International steel band who played at the invitation of The Very Revd James Atwell and his wife, Lorna.
Poverty Over exhibition
Loretta's visit officially launched the two week residency of Christian Aid's Poverty Over cathedral exhibition at Winchester, with its stunning sculpture centrepiece, 'Eye of Poverty'.
The exhibition runs until Tuesday 3 July 2012.
Find out more
If you would like to read more, Loretta's full sermon text is available on the Winchester Cathedral website.
Find out more about the exhibition or contact the Southampton Christian Aid office on 023 8070 6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.