You’ve probably already heard about the East African Famine Appeal – the United Nations is warning that this is the biggest humanitarian crisis since WW2.  16 million people – a lot of them children; are on the brink of starvation in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.  The situation is unprecedented and calls for a proportionate response from all of us.  You may have already donated some money at the Sunday’s 2nd collection – but if you would like to do more – here’s three initiatives that you could get involved with:

1. St John’s Sponsored Stations Walk – Good Friday 14th April – 12-2pm


The walk is around 5 miles and the aim is to visit 14 churches in 2 hours.

Sponsorship forms are available in the Narthex Rotunda

Families are welcome – all under 18s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult

The route map will be handed out on the day.  Please meet in the Rotunda at 12 noon and hand in any sponsorship funds collected.

2. Easter Sunday Parish Lunch – 16th April – 12.30pm onwards

The parish pot-luck lunch crew is organising a 3 course lunch to celebrate Easter and asking everyone who comes to donate £5 per person on the day.

Please sign up on the list in the Rotunda to book a place – spaces will be limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment

If you can help with setting up tables and chairs or bringing a pudding/cheese for the lunch, please note that down on the sign up sheet.  Thank you.

3. Egg-Free Easter

Join the First Holy Communion Group in giving up an Easter Egg this year and donating the proceeds to the Famine Appeal.
Its something small and simple that we could all do.  To help encourage our children with this initiative, please join in putting an Easter egg sticker on the appeal poster – filling up the basket with “donated” eggs.  It will a simple way of showing our support for this cause.  Thank you.