Prayers and hymns in an underpass: Redditch churches come together for a fairer food system

CAFOD supporter Liz Heaven writes:

Sunday May 12 dawned with bright blue skies and sunshine. Sadly they did not last until the afternoon when the Churches Together in Redditch Walk of Witness for Hunger took place.

The gloomy skies and rain did not daunt a few hardy CAFOD and Christian Aid supporters from setting out from two different parts of Redditch, for a 2 mile walk of witness to St Stephen’s Church in the town centre.

Carrying bright Christian Aid balloons, an IF banner, poster size campaign messages about tax justice and the IF campaign, we walked along main routes – getting occasional friendly beeps from passing drivers. At various points – including outside local churches displaying large IF banners – we stopped for prayers and hymns. These were taken from the programme for the joint CAFOD/ Christian Aid Walk of Witness in Birmingham last March, which was started by Archbishop Bernard Longley.

We then proceeded to the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, giving balloons to children en route. An underpass nearby provided a dry “stop” for a prayer and hymn.

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So through the shopping centre and into St Stephen’s where we met up with fellow walkers from Matchborough. After being welcomed with hot drinks and snacks – and musical support from the Salvation Army band – we went into the church for a service celebrating both the event and the start of Christian Aid week.  The service was jointly led by Dick Johnson (Vicar, Holy Trinity Parish), Steven Levett (Minister Emmanuel Church) and Fr Michael Puljic (Our Lady of Mount Carmel).

At the close of the service a card signing for CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign took place.

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All agreed it had been an extremely worthwhile event, despite the relatively small turnout. The common purpose shared across the church communities, and the collaborative activity to plan and carry out the day, being a testament to the importance of the issue of food inequality and the strong foundation of Churches Together in Redditch.

Hunger is the biggest scandal of our age, but we can change this – IF we act together. Join us in Hyde Park on Saturday 8th June for the Big IF G8 Rally. With world leaders on our doorstep, we have a unique opportunity to call for a food system that benefits the world’s poorest. Find out more here: http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/IF-CAFOD-G8-Rally-Sign-up

Are you Hungry for Change? Show your support here: http://www.cafod.org.uk/hungry

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