Poverty Sunday Highlights 2015

Poverty Sunday Highlights 2015

What were your Poverty Sunday 2015 highlights? 

We've put together some of the best Poverty Sunday pictures and ideas from around the country! Thank you all for sending in your best bits and for all your incredible fundraising efforts. 

All Saints', Evesham

"We had a very successful evening! We have made a display on a notice board which will remain in church for some time"- Lindsay Ladbroke

All Saints' Soul Food set up some prayer stations around their Church for Poverty Sunday. Here are some examples of the different stations:

1. Initiatives existing in Evesham to tackle some of the issues around poverty and an invitation to put other ideas on post- it notes 

2. Church Urban Fund videos telling the stories of Mel and Dave

3. Church Urban Fund 'Web of Poverty' and 'Church in Action' reports

4. A space to sit , with music playing, and reflect on difficult times but which were temporary, and where family helped to support. This was contrasted with the stories of Mel and Dave. 

At the end of this time the Church gathered together for prayer using the Church Urban Fund prayer cards. 

St Nicolas' Church, Perivale

'We had a great response to our Poverty Lunch...Over 40 people shared in the soup and bread meal'- Valerie Aitken

St Nicolas' Church raised £200 for Church Urban Fund! Thanks to Valerie for keeping us updated and sending in some really great pictures- the soup looked delicious!

St Thomas' Church, Wednesfield

'Our Poverty Sunday went very well...it was well received and I received favourable comments afterwards'- Revd Canon Carol Smith  

The Revd Canon Carol Smith spoke to her congregation about the issues of poverty in England. She also spoke about Jesus calming the storm- a reminder that  even in the midst of trouble we do not have to worry about anything when we place our trust in Jesus. He has all the power over heaven and earth.

St Cuthbert's Church and St Agnes' Church, Middlesbrough 

St Cuthbert's invited the congregation of St Agnes' to their Poverty Sunday frugal lunch- what a great idea! 

They had a basic meal of soup, bread, and cheese. Before the meal they listened to the short Poverty Sunday presentation which helped them to reflect on more vulnerable people in their community. 

"Poverty Sunday is a valuable opportunity to raise money for Church Urban Fund’s life-changing work with the most vulnerable people in our communities"- Holly Grant

Holly also wrote a blog for us about her Poverty Sunday experience which you can read here.

St Cuthbert's Church, Allendale 

St Cuthbert's Church in Allendale had a very successful Poverty Sunday with over 30 of their congregation. Special thanks to Sylvia for organising the frugal lunch, and to Mr Chaytor for sending in the great pictures!

Together Canterbury's Poverty Pilgrimage 

Together Canterbury's Keith Berry went on a Poverty Pilgrimage by bike for Poverty Sunday!

Together Canterbury's Development Worker,  Keith Berry, with Former Diocesan Secretary David Kemp, cycled around the Canterbury Diocese visiting various projects supported by Church Urban Fund along the way. 

Well done to Keith and David for their fantastic effort! It was a hard 100 mile bike ride in just four days. To top it off they had to rely on the goodwill of others to provide their food and accomodation! But it was all worth it as they managed to raise an impressive £700! 

You can read more about the Poverty Pilgrimage here.

Thank you for making Poverty Sunday 2015 happen! Your support and fundraising efforts are helping us tackle poverty and create flourishing communities throughout England!

Author: Lynsey Robinson

Date: 21 July 2015