Poverty Sunday Reflections

Poverty Sunday Reflections

Holly Grant, recent graduate in Journalism and daughter of Rev Andy Grant, Vicar of the Benefice of Marton-in-Cleveland, reflects on her experience of Poverty Sunday. Holly attended a frugal lunch at St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton in Middlesbrough who invited St Agnes Church in Easterside to join them for a basic meal of soup, bread and cheese.

Poverty Sunday is a day for communities to come together and reflect on the complex issues of poverty in England. It is also a valuable opportunity to raise money for Church Urban Fund’s life-changing work with the most vulnerable people in our communities. The congregations of St Cuthbert’s and St Agnes raised over £300 for Church Urban Fund’s projects.

Having gone along to St Cuthbert’s frugal lunch, I felt it was a fantastic way to draw people in the community together to support such an important cause. There was a lot of generosity and genuine concern for people in our community facing poverty, as evidenced in the donations raised. The delicious soup was kindly prepared by Mrs Barbara Lythe with help from a few other people.

We also watched a short presentation on the work being done by Church Urban Fund. It was very thought- provoking as it helped to highlight the very real plight that many people, sometimes unexpectedly, find themselves in.

Lynsey Robinson, Fundraising and Communications Officer for Church Urban Fund, said, “Many people’s lives have been transformed through projects supported by Church Urban Fund. One such person was Calvin.

Calvin was crippled by fear and anxiety, unable to leave his home, until he started attending the Grassroots community centre at St Philip’s Church in Nelson, Lancashire. Through their support and practical help, Calvin’s life was transformed, and he is now planning to become a volunteer at Grassroots to reach out to others.”

As well as facing financial poverty, many people suffer poverty of identity and the essential relationships they need to flourish. Church Urban Fund’s Web of Poverty indicates that there is a strong relationship between these different aspects of poverty. People are considered to be living in poverty when they are considerably worse off than the majority of the population, be that lacking in basic living necessities, strong relationships or a sense of self-worth.

Lynsey says, “It has been so encouraging to see so many individuals and churches support Church Urban Fund this Poverty Sunday. We are so grateful to all the churches and community groups who organised a frugal lunch.

All the resources for Poverty Sunday are still available here

Author: Lynsey Robinson

Date: 24 June 2015

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