Date(s) - 21/06/2015
The Church Urban Fund (CUF) is encouraging parishes to take part in activities for Poverty Sunday.
Local churches are being invited to hold a Poverty Sunday Service followed by a “frugal lunch” on June 21, or on another date that suits, to raise funds for CUF.
A “frugal lunch” involves replacing a normal Sunday lunch with soup or another inexpensive meal, with the savings donated to the Church Urban Fund.
To download your free resources and find out more visit www.povertysunday.org.uk
Poverty Sunday is being marked after a report published earlier this year showed the overwhelming commitment of Church of England parishes to social action.
The vast majority of churches, more than 90%, address at least one social issue in their community, either through organised activities, or informal support, according to the online study by CUF and the Church of England.
On average churches are addressing seven social issues in their area and a third are tackling nine or more, the study found. The proportion of churches involved in running food banks has doubled over the last three years from 33% to 66% the report showed.
In addition, 76% of churches work with schools, 60% offer parent and toddler groups, 24% do youth work, 22% provide debt or money advice, and 10% run night shelters.
The Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, and a trustee of CUF, urged churches to take part in Poverty Sunday.
“As a Parish Priest I always knew Church Urban Fund were there for me, helping turn prayers and dreams into reality,” he said.
“Time and again CUF money proved the catalyst, persuading others to dip into their pockets. Poverty has not gone away, thankfully nor has CUF. “Poverty Sunday is an opportunity for you and me to support church-backed responses in places like my former parishes. Please join in.”