Published on 16 April 2020
Updated 22 April
As all of our thoughts are on the Covid-19 situation, we wanted to share an update on Christian Aid’s response. We value our volunteers enormously and want to ensure you all keep safe when fundraising for Christian Aid Week. The health and safety of our community, including loyal supporters like you, is of the utmost importance to us, and we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
Advice for Christian Aid Week
Many of you will have been planning house-to-house collections and events. Under the current circumstances, sadly, house-to-house collections and delivery-only collections should not go ahead. In particular, along with many churches, events such as Big Brekkies or Lent lunches cannot go ahead.
Instead, Christian Aid Week is moving online! We are building a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week so you can take part with our online community. We would love you to join in to show love for our neighbours near and far, as a global family.
Supporters in Northern Ireland, please visit caweek.ie for resources, information and how to pay in funds this Christian Aid Week.
During Christian Aid Week
It’s more important than ever that we come together as a community to worship and to share fun and fellowship. That’s why during Christian Aid Week we will be live-streaming worship each day, and hosting a fun daily quiz to join and raise funds. Sign up using the links below to take part.
New resources for Christian Aid Week
Our new resources are designed to help you pray, raise funds, and connect with friends and family during this time of coronavirus. Download our resources:
- How to organise a virtual Christian Aid Week service
- Order of service
- Sermon notes
- Prayers in the time of coronavirus
- How to run your own virtual quiz
- Organising your own virtual fundraiser
- Ask your friends and family for a donation using our e-envelope
Our global response
Christian Aid and our partners already have experience of limiting the spread of infection during the Ebola crisis, and we will build on this experience to continue to stand together with communities living in poverty during this period. If infection rates start to develop as they are in Europe, then people in poorer countries will be hit even harder. Many are already living with reduced health resilience because of extreme poverty, or in overcrowded humanitarian camps and in countries which do not have the healthcare infrastructures needed to combat widespread disease. We will be working on the ground to help prepare communities to limit the impact of Covid-19. Please pray for us in this vital work, and support us where you can by making an online donation.
We are praying for all those affected by this new virus, both in Britain and overseas, for all those working on the frontline and for wisdom for our leaders. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. During this challenging time, we all need to take seriously the science and advice being offered, remaining calm but vigilant. If you have any specific concerns or questions please email us at email@example.com or call our helpline on 020 7620 4444.
I am keeping you all in my prayers.
With every blessing,
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi
For further information, please refer to the current advice from the UK Government