Christian Aid in the Parish of Mottingham

Christian Aid Week

Churches Together In Mottingham CTIM Christian Aid Week 2020 - Diane Hudson, CTIM Co-ordinator

Christian Aid Week usually starts for me in January when I order the stationery for the event, e.g. red envelopes, activity packs for schools, Big Brekkie packs and posters. This year was no exception. When lockdown was announced on 23 March I thought there was no way that Christian Aid Week could happen. I was wrong!

I received a call from Christian Aid (CA) in the middle of April to tell me that Christian Aid Week was not cancelled, but that we all needed to 'move to a new experience'! Panic set in - I'm no IT supremo. Caroline from CA suggested setting up a JustGiving page for Mottingham as it's important to be able to let the community know how much has been raised. I struggled to set up the web page on my own. Finally, I asked an IT professional to Zoom into my computer and set up the page for me. I then asked Mick Wood to run a virtual quiz and along with Bob Lawrie we ran testing sessions to check that everything would be 'alright on the night'. Mick worked very hard and the quiz was a great success. Revd Ian organised and ran a successful, virtual six hour Read & Sing-in. Reports of both events are on this website's News page and are accessible from links below.

Additionally, Kay Ash, St Alban's churchwarden raised £300 from the distribution of CA Quiz sheets and Tessa & Ray Andrew raised £200 from the manufacture and sale of iBeanies (small bean bags used to support iPads, tablets and mobiles). In all we have succeeded in raising over £3,300 (inc. gift aid) - an excellent result given the restrictions of the current lockdown!

My role this year was to send information to CTIM member churches and others and to encourage them to join in with these events. This was a very different experience from previous years and I did worry about whether or not the IT and this new 'virtual' venture would work. Many prayers were asked for a successful outcome - thankfully all went well!

Thank you to everyone for taking part in the events we have staged this year and thank you especially for your generosity in giving to Christian Aid. Did I miss anything about not being able to do the house-to-house collections this year? Well, I did; I missed catcning up with all the people (and their news) I have got to know over the many years I have collected for CA in Mottingham. I also missed having my Big Brekkie at the Methodist Church!

31 May 2020 Update

The news report (by Sarah Welch) of the virtual Read & Sing-in Zoom event held on Saturday 24 May 2020 can be viewed here

16 May 2020 Update

The news report of the 15 May virtual quiz on Zoom can be viewed here. Details of the 'sponsored' Read-in/Sing-in on 23 May are on the attached pdf below. To join the Zoom meeting at noon please use this information: Zoom meeting - ; Meeting ID: 675 014 6024; Password: 859013.

6 May 2020 Update

Details on how to join the Zoom Quiz for 8pm and also how to make a donation to Christian Aid are here

2 May 2020 Update

The churches of St Andrew with St Alban have always been great supporters of Christian Aid Week. This year no red envelopes will be put through the doors of Mottingham, because of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to continue to support Christian Aid you can by giving a donation online. Acting on advice from Christian Aid we have set up a Churches Together in Mottingham (CTIM) JustGiving web page to help see and manage the amount raised by our community and that webpage is accessible through this link - If you look at http://just you can see that other churches in the UK are doing the same. If you are unable to make online donations and would like to give to Christian Aid please phone Dian Hudson on 020 8857 0953 and she will provide you with an envelope. Diane says, "I have taken a leaf out of Captain Tom's book and set the target to raise £1000!"

Mick Wood is working hard to set up our fundraising quiz on Friday 15 May 2020 starting at 7:45 for 8pm. Please email Mick at if you wish to take part. He will will send you the Zoom link and meeting login details nearer the time. Mick advises logging in from 7:45pm for a smooth and prompt 8pm start. If you would like to try a sample quiz beforehand and also donate then please see the printable quiz attached below. Thank you so much for your help in fighting poverty and disease around the world.

26 April 2020

The ongoing global pandemic and current lockdown means that Christian Aid week will be a very different experience this year as you will see from the 2019 report below, but it is NOT cancelled! Our parish supporters will do all they can to make it the same life-changing week that Christian Aid has been running since 1957. Now, more than ever our gifts, prayers and action are desperately needed.However, in-person events, such as house-to-house collections and Big Brekkies cannot go ahead, although there is a possibility that house-to-house collections may be postponed until the Autumn.

One of the events we are thinking of holding is a Virtual Quiz at 8pm on 15 May 2020. Mick Wood has kindly offered to be our Quiz Master. If you have an Internet connection and would like to participate please email Diane Hudson (address below) at the earliest opportunity. The Quiz will be held using the Zoom application and we hope that you will be prepared to donate generously to Christian Aid. We are looking to raise more than the £3,200 donated last year! More details on how to participate will be published as soon as possible.

Other fund raising events could include a sponsored read-in via Zoom, a sponsored singing event via Zoom and/or a direct appeal for donations. If you are interested participating in a sponsored read-in or singing event, please contact Revd Ian Welch. If you have any other ideas for fundraising, please contact Diane.

Why not try the Cristian Aid Quiz (below) and donate to a good cause at the same time. Answers will be available towards the end of May. Contact Diane Hudson for further details.


What Happened - 12-18 May 2019


Full details of Christian Aid Week 2019 activities, including how you can get involved are shown on the attachment below. Please contact Diane Hudson for information T: 020 8857 0953 or E: Information on 'All mums should live' and the the "Circle in the City Sponsored Walk' are shown in the other attachments below. Don't forget - 'You're invited to the Big Brekkie!' at Mottingham Methodist Church from 9-11am on 11 May.