Christian Aid

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Image from Christmas appeal, woman carrying water on head

Summary of last year

Christian Aid would like to thank everyone for their support in 2021. Read their report here.

Christian Aid Rep

John GriffithJohn Griffith is our Synod Christian Aid specialist and a member of Lymm URC. John has been a member of URC since its beginnings in 1972, and of the Congregational Church before that.

As an RE teacher, John was drawn to the good material that Christian Aid produced, and was proud to become a volunteer CAT (Christian Aid Teacher) upon retirement in 2001. This involved him in a range of local Christian Aid activities, notably working in Primary Schools. Visits to Sri Lanka, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, and, most recently, to Ghana have fuelled John’s enthusiasm for Christian Aid’s work globally.  

John has generated interest in Christian Aid through Synod meetings over the past 20 years, and acted as Secretary for Mersey Synod’s Church and Society sub-committee until it was incorporated into the Mission and Discipleship Committee. He also inherited thriving support for the Commitment for Life initiative which Revd Brian Holroyd had done so much to foster.  This in turn chiefly serves four regions on Christian Aid’s active list: Bangladesh, Central America, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Zimbabwe.

John says, 'It has been a privilege to work with inspirational people, locally and globally, who have a vision of poverty eradicated and justice prevailing. Christian Aid has undergone significant changes recently, not least due to the Covid pandemic, but the challenge and the need are as strong as ever. The faithful support from the URC continues to be a huge encouragement.'