CHRISTIAN AID Week, known for its red envelopes, collections and Big Brekkies, faced a big challenge this year, with all its traditional fund-raising events out of reach.

We shall really miss the friendly contact with church people and neighbours in Chandlers Ford this year.

But this year, more than ever before, we need to make a difference to the lives of neighbours in poor countries.

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Our churches are empty, but our hearts are full of love for all the people who are fighting Coronavirus on our behalf, at home and abroad.

We’ve chosen to go “virtual”, and in Chandlers Ford we are kicking off on Sunday 10th May with a first-ever virtual service for all the churches in Chandlers Ford.

Then we shall be offering a Local Photos Quiz, identifying local places which may already be familiar or which people may spot if out on daily walks… with hints for those who can’t get out.

There’s a prize, and an opportunity to donate.

We’ve set up our own JustGiving page, we are offering red “e-Envelopes” which people can send to their friends.

And Christian Aid is offering loads of Prayers, services, quizzes and fun activities throughout the week for all ages useful in a lockdown,

We’d love all your readers to take a look at what’s on offer, on the Churches Together page:

Brian Ridsdale

Chair, Chandlers Ford Christian Aid Committee