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end hunger fast

As followers of this blog will be aware, I and members of my Churches have been deeply concerned about the increasing amount of food poverty people here are facing.  You will have seen the media coverage today of the Church Leaders’ letter to the Mirror criticising the Government’s Welfare Reforms which are causing hardship and hunger.  This is all part of End Hunger Fast, a national campaign for Lent 2014.  I am proud to support it and urge you to get behind it.

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A national campaign for Lent 2014

End Hunger Fast is a national campaign for Lent (5th March – 18th April), inviting as many people as possible, of all faiths and none, to fast, pray, speak, give, and act, in solidarity with the half a million people who are going hungry in Britain each week. There’s lots of information and resources at: http://www.endhungerfast.co.uk and there will also be a ‘National Day of Fasting’ on Fri 4th April, and a vigil in Parliament Square on Wed 16th April.

We had a great start this week with 42 Christian leaders signing a letter published in the Daily Mirror, calling on Government to address the growing amount of hunger in our communities but we need your help if momentum is going to be kept up and our voices heard this Lent.

Here in Birmingham, there are a number of ways to get involved and we love to hear from groups considering one or all of these:

1. Come to the ‘launch’ in Cathedral Square on Ash Wednesday (8am), for an open air service of ashing, engaging passers-by in the action

2. Creating a ’40/40 prayer space’ in church for people to use throughout Lent (we can help you plan this)

3. Volunteer for a stint at ‘the Hunger Hut’ in Cathedral Square, from 10-2 on a day during Lent – where we’re offering a place for people to come and find out more, offer their prayers and make their pledges to act.

4. Commit to giving regularly (£10 a year) to SIFA Fireside, to provide breakfast for homeless people

5. Share your own stories of hunger in a Birmingham ‘Hunger Journal’, gathering stories from across the city

6. Come with us to the Houses of Parliament for the concluding ‘End Hunger Fast’ vigil on Wed 16th April

The best place to find out more and get local resources is our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/endhungerfastbirmingham

To order a set of postcards for your prayer space or church, or just for more information, please contact matthew.neville@endhungerfast.co.uk

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I’m in, Andy! Greeting from across the pond (Limerick) 🙂

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