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Christian Aid Christmas Appeal
09/12/16

Christian Aid is urging people and churches across the UK to support their Christmas Appeal and help 'Light the Way' for millions of people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

As many of us will be celebrating the birth of Jesus amongst family and friends at home this festive season, more than 65 million people are fleeing from conflict and crises worldwide. Christian Aid is encouraging people to support their Christmas Appeal, 'Light the Way,' so that the charity can provide help for those whom the comfort of home is a distant memory.

Christian Aid was founded 70 years ago to help European refugees who had lost everything after the Second World War. Today, the charity continues to support displaced people worldwide, including people from war-torn nations such as Syria and Iraq. The on-going violence in Syria and Iraq has driven millions of people from their homes and their plight is close to the hearts of the people of Coventry. Last month, the Bishop of Coventry issued a statement with the Lord Mayor of Coventry, the Dean of Coventry Cathedral and the Chair of Coventry Muslim Forum, calling on the nation to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria and Iraq. Also, earlier this month, the Bishop of Coventry was a guest at a fundraising dinner hosted by Syrian refugees to show their gratitude to the people of Coventry for welcoming them into the city and to raise funds for the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre’s Destitution Fund.

On Wednesday 14th December, Christian Aid will be hosting two specials events in Coventry as part of their Christmas Appeal. At noon in the Chapel of Unity in Coventry Cathedral, the Litany of Reconciliation will be prayed followed by a short reflective act of worship and a talk from Honorine Nyolo Tabu about how she is helping rebuild lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Then at 6pm there will be a Vigil for the Displaced around the Queen’s Steps in Coventry Cathedral. Those taking part in the vigil are invited to bring candles in jars or glowsticks to 'Light the Way' and remember the 65 million displaced people around the world.

To find out more about the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal click here.