Neston and District Christian Aid Committee

The local Christian Aid committee is part of Neston and District Churches Together (NDCT), which represents the churches in Burton, Little Neston, Neston, Parkgate and Willaston.

Christian Aid Week, May 10th – 16th, will again be different.

To make a donation to Christian Aid’s work, please go to https://giving.tapsimple.org/online/christian-aid/neston-and-district-christian-aid-week

Local churches will encourage members and others to donate, but volunteers will not collect door-to-door. This year we are focusing on the twin threats of Covid and Climate Change. In Kenya, years of drought were followed in 2020 by torrential rain. Christian Aid partners are helping people build dams, so women and children are spared long and often hazardous walks to collect water.

On Saturday May 8th, Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church will have a special Gift Day, from 10 to 12. You can donate here, by cash or cheque.

On Sunday May 9th, there will be a national service to celebrate 75 years of Christian Aid at 7 p.m.

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/join/75-anniversary-service-sign

On Saturday May 15th, volunteers will hold a bucket collection at Gordale Garden Centre, from 10 to 6. This year, for people who don’t carry cash but would like to donate, there will be a contactless device called TapSimple. The volunteers will be just outside the entrance and exit.

On Sunday May 16th, St Winefride’s Church is hosting the Neston & District Christian Aid Service on-line. Deacon Jim Kay will lead the service, with local organiser Lynne Vaughan, Janey Griffiths and Margaret Heibel assisting. Christian Aid’s Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer for Cheshire and Staffordshire Christel Langdon-Griffiths will give the sermon. She is a brilliant speaker, with lots of experience of encouraging us to help people in desperate need. The service will be on Zoom at 6.30 p.m, but will not be recorded, so we have to watch it live! http://www.stwinefridesneston.org.uk/

Lynne Vaughan said ‘Christian Aid is supporting those communities on the front line of climate change, who also lack the resources to tackle the pandemic. Please help us to fight the injustice of poverty by donating what you can during Christian Aid week.’

Looking ahead, the traditional sponsored walk will be held later, probably on Saturday September 25th.

Neston and District Christian Aid committee had a very successful 2020 Christmas Appeal.

Volunteers knitted Christmas angels, ideal to hang on Christmas trees. Local people contributed 34 of their favourite recipes, which Lynne Vaughan edited into a booklet. Brookdale Printers generously printed this at a special low rate. The cost was donated by members of the Christian Aid committee, so all contributions went straight to Christian Aid.

Angels, recipe books, and homemade cakes, were offered at Neston Methodist Church on December 4th, organised by Margaret Heibel, and at a charity stall at Neston Market on December 11th. Churches also offered the angels and recipe books to their members. The angels and books were not priced, but people made donations.

John Edwards, Treasurer, has confirmed that the Christmas Appeal raised over £1,000.

Lynne Vaughan, local organiser, said ‘I am totally amazed at the fantastic total that you all helped raise for our 2020 Christmas Appeal! Thanks to all those who knitted for us, to those who helped create the recipe booklet, and the generous people who made donations.’

Recipe booklets are still available. Please contact Margaret Heibel [email protected] 0151 336 6305 or Lynne Vaughan [email protected] 0151 336 8920. They can deliver to addresses in CH64.

 

Members normally organise:

  • a sponsored walk in March
  • a house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week in May
  • bag-packing in Sainsbury’s at Christmas and during Christian Aid Week
  • collection at Gordale at Christmas and during Christian Aid Week

An ecumenical service is held in a local church during Christian Aid Week.

For dates this year, please see Event calendar

All the money raised is sent to Christian Aid Head Office.

Christian Aid’s motto is ‘We believe in life before death’. They work in 50 countries through local organisations to deliver direct, practical benefits, and campaign to challenge the causes of poverty. A detailed description of the aims and work of Christian Aid is here
We are always grateful for offers of help. Please contact any member of the committee:
Secretary & Christian Aid Week Organiser Lynne Vaughan email 0151 336 8920
Treasurer John Edwards email
NDCT Representative & Schools Publicity Margaret Heibel email
Press Officer Rob Ward email

Church Representatives

Burton Parish Janey Griffiths email
Little Neston Methodist Eileen Ward email
Neston Methodist Margaret Heibel email
Neston Parish, St Michael’s, St Thomas’ Lynne Vaughan email
Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Sue Vale email
Willaston Methodist Theresa & John Edwards email email

Some of the walkers setting out on the sponsored walk

Lynne Vaughan with her Diamond Award

Eileen Ward and Barbara and Jan Hulme with Ken Hulme’s posthumous Diamond Award

Lynne Vaughan, Linda Jones and Eileen Ward at Linda’s Afternoon Tea

Neston and District Christian Aid Committee