We were using more Christian Aid resources in this morning's service, as they produced a wonderful meditation for Mothering Sunday. Unfortunately the technology packed up on us part way through but anyone wanting to watch the meditation in full can find it here. I enjoyed researching the history of Mothering Sunday for my talk and had to edit out quite a bit, including the fact that Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mothers' Day in the US, vigorously campaigned against the commercial festival it almost instantly became, deriding the use of greetings cards instead of more meaningful personal communication.
This year, rather than just doing a church walk, we've decided to join in with the local sponsored Christian Aid walk through beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and flyers advertising this were handed out to everyone. If you don't have one, there is information here and see Liz Bailey. Everyone also received copies of Christian Ecology Link's latest edition of Storm of Hope. Previous editions of this are available here.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
On Sunday we celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight in Exclaimers, watching Christian Aid's fairtrade assembly slide show, sharing Divine chocolate and building a farm out of fairtrade packaging. (I'm not sure where the other half of Exclaimers were when Laura took this photo).