We are looking for volunteers to help deliver envelopes and collect donation door-to-door for this year's Christian Aid Week. The theme this year is: 'give people a future without fear'--helping people across the world for whom war is a part of daily life.
Last year during Christian Aid Week, 20,000 churches across the country helped to raise £12m. If you would like to volunteer, have any questions or would like to know more, please speak to either Vicky Jones or Ros Caldwell or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In her Easter message, the President of the Methodist Conference has spoken of Mary Magdalene and the many misunderstandings about her story. Imagining what Mary Magdalene would say to us if she were alive today, the Rev'd. Ruth Gee tells the story of Jesus's crucifixion: "I have a name and a story, precious to me - and to him. But for many that is not enough, or unvarnished it is too much...I was with him - with him right to the end - the bitter end."
At the end of her message, the Rev'd. Ruth Gee challenges us to hear the good news of resurrection afresh this Easter. "Perhaps (Mary Magdalene) would challenge us to live as those who know that God’s love extends to all people," Ruth says. "Perhaps she would ask us to listen the voices of those who struggle to be heard because others regard them as unworthy."
The full message follows:
People from a variety of Christian denominations, from Merseyside, Manchester, Altrincham, Stoke-on-Trent and across the Cheshire plain came to Frodsham Methodist Church on Saturday 29th March.
Why? because of their concerns about human trafficking in the U.K. and internationally. In a full day’s forum, a range of speakers explained the facts about what human trafficking is, what is being done to stop it and how to support victims.
Major Anne Read from the Salvation Army Headquarters and their National Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator led the day. Anne was supported by her colleague Major Gladys Ljungholm from the North Western Division. Other speakers included the local M.P. Graham Evans and Hannah Flint from International Justice Mission. Discussion in the afternoon was chaired by Frodsham Methodist Church’s minister, Rev’d. Denise Harding.
The Forum, supported by Frodsham and Cheshire Churches Together, sought to inform individuals and encourage them to discuss and identify positive forms of action. The Forum was an opportunity for concerned individuals to identify how the Church and other organisations could respond to this issue in a modern world. If you are concerned that someone may have been trafficked, telephone Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or The Salvation Army on 0300 3038151. For further information on the Forum e-mail enquiries to: email@example.com.
Human trafficking is trade in human beings – most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation. Another motive behind the trade is the extraction of organs or tissues.
Human trafficking is condemned as a violation of human rights by international conventions.
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