Less than 2 weeks before the start of this year’s Christian Aid Week a small team of us met via Zoom to plan a revised programme of activities under Covid-19 restrictions. All our activities had to move online which was a challenge to our usual team of ‘big event’ planners to put their energy to a different focus. We are delighted with how the week has gone and the engagement that we have seen in our online community. People have really stepped up to showing love to their neighbour far away as well as locally.
Ecumenical working is continually evolving in our area and to be able to get an online, ecumenically led service with 10 days’ notice was a great achievement. To date the video of the service has been viewed 500 times across Facebook and YouTube:
We shared the online activities of Christian Aid with their daily devotional videos and quizzes and set our own challenges for the week.
We enjoyed sharing our favourite hymns with each other in place of what would have been our ‘Big Sing for Christian Aid (more on that in the future!) and we produced this image to bring together words from those hymns and songs chosen:
Our ‘paint a pebble’ activity brought a lot of fun and the Bishop of Monmouth included this in her newsletter to the diocese:
On Friday we encouraged everyone to wear red for Christian Aid!
Our week concluded with the enjoyment of our first online quiz via Zoom. David acted as quizmaster as usual and we had a great turnout with 70 people across 37 households taking part.
Giving posed a challenge to us without our usual church offerings, house-to-house collections and big events but we have been really encouraged at how people have responded to our online appeals. We set a target of £1500 – ambitious in the current climate but lower than we would usually see across our ecumenical partnership.
As at 17/05/2020 we have raised:
Facebook Fundraiser: £1210
Just Giving page:
Online Giving raised: £500
Offline Giving raised £310 (£155 of this was through separate ‘donate’ buttons for Christian Aid on our own Facebook posts which did not link to our main fundraiser. £155 was through cheque donations to be paid in)
Fundraising Total: £2020