Advent is a time of preparation and reflection. It is also a time when many people feel financial pressure to overextend themselves, taking on short term debt that can lead to long term despair.
Poverty and exploitative lending is very real in our society. Archbishop Justin has advocated strongly for churches to be part of the solution. Jesus is already here with us in the shape of the poor, the marginalised and the hungry. This advent we encourage churches to explore these issues further and reflect on how we can be the Good News in our society, especially for the least of these.
Through the Advent Calendar we reflect on how we respond to the God-with-us in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised with a daily reflection, video and prayer throughout Advent.
View a sample of the first 2 days of our Advent Calendar here.
Within these resources are personal stories about financial exclusion and churches’ responses, statistics, prayers, preaching notes on the Sunday readings and much more that will enable your congregation to engage with those who are struggling in poverty.
A significant number of people in our society lack access to even the most basic financial products. This exclusion means that they are charged more for basic services, such as paying for electricity, withdrawing cash and borrowing money, and are forced to turn to payday lenders or loan sharks simply to make ends meet.
This report explores these issues in detail and shares examples of how churches around the country are working to build a more financially inclusive society, helping to make sure that people are able to earn enough money to live on, that they can access financial services and can turn to others for support and advice.
Please consider taking up a collection for Church Urban Fund’s work or support us through your church mission giving funds.
Taking up a collection for Church Urban Fund
To obtain your fundraising resources contact the Church Urban Fund office on 020 7898 1647 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After your collection send Church Urban Fund a cheque for the amount raised. If the Gift Aid box has been ticked on the envelopes please include these with your cheque as we are able to claim gift aid on their donation provided that we have a complete address.
Send cheques to Church Urban Fund, FREEPOST RLUR-KYUC-KTBX, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
Thank you for your support.
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