Christian Aid in Kings Langley celebrated their 50th anniversary with a thanksgiving service at Kings Langley Senior School on 22 April 2018.
Around 250 people, including students from the school, joined together to recall some of the key highlights of the last 50 years and the people that have influenced it.
The school played a significant part as head teacher Gary Lewis welcomed everyone. The school choir delighted the guests with a lovely rendition of the song 'Refuge'. Its highly appropriate words reflected the needs of many in our world today: 'Who’ll be your refuge, your fortress, who’ll be your champion, your refuge?'
Dr Rowan Williams, previously Archbishop of Canterbury and now Chair of Christian Aid and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, then spoke about justice and love – two sides of the same coin.
After a light lunch shared together, Dr Rowan Williams took part in a question and answer session with attendees, including the school students. He addressed questions about Christian Aid and its operations, as well as questions from the students about suffering in the world and even euthanasia.
An added bonus was the visit of our newly appointed Christian Aid Chief Executive, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi. She spoke of her values in coming to the organisation and then shared in discussion with others over lunch. Sir Mike Penning, MP for Kings Langley and Christian Aid supporter, was also present.
Paul Tucker, the Chair of Christian Aid Kings Langley, spoke warmly of the joy of bringing together the churches and the school on this memorable day. Their support over the years has meant so much to many poor and vulnerable people across the globe.