Christian Aid

REMINDER  Christian Aid United Service 2013. Bethel, Plassey St Penarth @6pm

Guest Speaker Mr Stephen Doughty MP

Christian Aid – Penarth

Report to Penarth and District CYTUN meeting February 2013 

Lent lunches

The annual lent lunches will be held this year at the Salvation Army Citadel, Plassey Street, Penarth – as Easter is early this year the first luncheon of excellent ‘cawl’ was served last Friday (15th Feb) by members of Bethel and Elfed Ave chapels – the next lent lunches will be as follows

22/2 – Trinity and Llandough

1/3 – St David’s Day – St Augustine and Holy Nativity

8/3 – Albert Road and St Dochdwy

15/3 – Stanwell Road and St Joseph

22/3 – All Saints

 Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid week again this year follows as usual during the 2nd week of May (12th May – 18th) –

A united Service will start off the week at Bethel Chapel on Sunday evening 12th of May at6 o’clock

House to house collections during the week are being organised as usual.

There are other activities in the pipeline also such as Street collections and collections at local Supermarkets.

We are so very fortunate of having such an active and dedicated Christian aid Committee here in Penarth

Look forward to seeing you all at the lunches and at the United Service in May.

Diolch a Bendith – Thanks and Blessings – Kevin. (Chair)

January 2013

Almost £13,500 was collected in the last year, which is again a respectable total especially as we are told that we are in a recession. People have been very considerate with their effort and contributions.

Rev Kevin Davies (Bethel) has taken the Chair following on from the long term served by Father Edward Dowding. We are enormously grateful to Father Dowding for his leadership and companionship, always bringing in a flavour of humour wherever possible. We wish Rev Kevin well in this role and ask for God’s blessing and help for him in this significant task.


Lent will soon be upon us and the venue this year has again changed and we are very grateful to the Captain, officers, and    members of the Salvation Army Citadel in Plassey St for hosting this year’s lunches. The first of these will be on    Friday 15th February and the rota for this year is as follows

15th February            Bethel & Elfed Avenue
22nd February           Trinity & Llandough Baptist
1st March                 St. Augustine’s & Holy Nativity
8th March                 Albert Road & St. Dochdwy’s
15th March               Stanwell Road & St. Joseph’s
22nd March              All Saints

Please support

2012. Tesco Collection over two successive days in February raised £712.85

Lent will soon be upon us and again we are thankful to Trinity Church for giving of their  hall  to host the lunches starting on Friday 24th of February   12 noon-1.30pm. These then continue weekly for the following FIVE Fridays. The charge per person this year will be £3.50 The following is the planned rota for providing lunch on each of the Fridays in Lent 2012

February 24th  Trinity

March 2nd     Albert Rd & St Dochdwy

March 9th     Albert Rd & St Dochdwy

March 16th       Bethel & Elfed Ave

March 23rd      Stanwell Rd & St Joseph’s

March 30th      All Saints


CHRISTIAN AID is well supported in a series of Friday LENT LUNCHES held in Penarth throughout Lent. A lunch of Bread and cheese, sometimes with butter and sometimes not, but always with an array of homemade soups draws people from across the churches to All Saints Church Hall usually. but as refurbishment work is awaited there Trinity Church Hall was venue in 2011 and again in 2012. Not only do people find LUNCH but also good company of old and new friends.

2009 raised more money for Christian Aid than any previous year and a total of £2,561 was sent to CHRISTIAN AID. In addition to this several hundred pouunds were taken onthe TRAIDCRAFT / FAIRTRADE stall, further supporting those in need.
The House to House collection raised £5000 (a little down on previous years) and Tesco kindly gave us a 2 day “slot” in August when £655 were collected. Add to these sums a further £830 from our annual one day street collection in October and we have a substantial sum. Thanks be to all those administrators and field workers loyal to the cause.

Val Major reports of Christian Aid activities. The quiz arranged by Cytun in Nov last resulted in £442.30 and Church donations raised £395 for the Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal. Lent lunches commence on 11 March and whilst these have always been held in All Saints’ Church hall it is undergoing refurbishment so this year they will be in Trinity Church hall. . Each year these lunches raise £2000-£2500 for Christian Aid, so please publicise. This year’s rota for participating churches is as follows

March 11th Trinity
18th Stanwell Road & St. Joseph’s
25th All Saints
April 1st Bethel & Elfed Avenue
8th St. Augustine’s
15th Albert Road & St. Dochdwy’s

Tesco collection £612.30
Street Collection £460.00

Christian Aid Week
This starts on Sunday, 15th May. Dr. Evan Davies has taken on the responsibility for the House-to-House collection from Dr. David Kennedy and has checked that all church representatives were willing to represent their churches. He will contact The Salvation Army, Cosmeston Fellowship and Immanuel church to try and involve them in this event. Each year it gets more and more difficult to cover every street with envelopes that then need to be collected. But it is well worth doing so again please do encourage people to volunteer as collectors. Christian Aid Service – Father Dowding will plan this with other churches and speak to the Christian Aid office.
Father Edward Dowding will not be able to stand as Chairman at the AGM and the meeting agreed that the committee should choose his replacement. The constitution then requires the council to endorse the chairman of Christian Aid (and other local committees within Penarth CYTÛN). The meeting unanimously agreed that the secretary should write to congratulate Father Dowding on his installation as an honorary Canon of Llandaff Cathedral.