1. Christian Aid – Christmas Appeal
I’m contacting you to let you know about some excellent resources we have for Advent and Christmas this year in the hope that they could be highlighted in your churches and other networks.
Our Christmas appeal this year is called O broken town of Bethlehem and focuses on the work of our partner the YMCA in Bethlehem in bringing hope to children who have been injured in the conflict.
From 11-13 December people will be singing in all sorts of events as part of The Big Christmas Sing. This will give your churches and communities an opportunity to hold some new and exciting events and support some of the world’s poorest communities at the same time. We can also supply you with our popular Present Aid gifts catalogue.
If you would like us to send you resources (A5 leaflets for the appeal and The Big Christmas Sing, Present Aid catalogues and info about our appeal), please call the office on 01454 415923 and speak to Jane or Mary.
2. Handel’s Messiah Soulful Celebration – Renewal Choir & guests
On Saturday 12 December Renewal Choir and a selection of Gospel artists from the South West will be hosting a performance of Quincy Jones’ and Mervyn Warren’s arrangement of Handel’s Messiah at the Colston Hall, incorporating the sounds of jazz, r ‘n’ b, soul, spirituals, gospel, african rhythms and more. Prices are £10 for standard tickets and £7 for concessions and these can be purchased from the Colston Hall website at www.colstonhall.org or by calling 0117 922 3686. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.
Can I also take this opportunity to let you know that I will be leaving Christian Aid on the 16th December. I will be visiting family in the Gambia then going travelling in Spain, France and Ireland where I will be doing some work on organic farms and exploring various sustainable living projects and documenting the journey through photography. I will be back in the UK by August 2010 ready to focus on my next step in life’s rich tapestry… It has been a great experience working with Christian Aid and I would like to thank all of you for your support along the way.
With many thanks for your continued interest and support in helping the world’s poor
Volunteer Development Officer