Bishop of Lichfield’s Lent Appeal 2011

The theme for this year’s Lent Appeal is ‘Transforming Communities’. The specific projects that we aim to help this year include the ‘Street Pastors’ scheme which is rapidly expanding in our Diocese.  Ordinary Christians are putting denominational differences aside to work together from late at night to the early hours of the morning to provide a caring presence on the streets of our towns and cities.
Street Pastors are operating or being planned in areas as diverse as Walsall, Stoke on Trent, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Leek and Lichfield. Overseas we hope to support our companion Dioceses through 3 projects that they are spearheading: ‘HIV/AIDS training’ in the Diocese of Matlosane, South Africa;  ‘the teaching of English’ in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam; and ‘reconciliation in Canada’ where our partners in the diocese of Qu’Appelle (Saskatchewan) are working on community transformation with First Nations (“Indian”) Canadians where the elders of the Daystar First Nation Reserve have invited the Revd Vicky Young of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle to run a full time Christian ministry and programme of reconciliation.  Her work is limited by a lack of financial resources to repair the existing church building and provide teaching materials for young and old alike.

‘All around the world Christians are working to transform communities and I pray that you will give generously this Lent to help this vitally important work’, said the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Jonathan Glenhill.

The Lent Appeal literature is currently being produced and is scheduled to be sent to parishes on the February 9th/10th/11th.

(This information was first released in the Diocese of Lichfield Bulletin)

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January 2011

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