Commitment for Life

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Who we are

Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. We encourage participating churches  to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America(Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and The World Development Movement raising over half a million pounds a year from contributing churches. To find out more about the programme, visit the resouces page and look at the Intro Leaflet. Use the menu bar to your right  to find the resources and ideas you need to bring the programme to life in your Church. 

Link people - Our next mailing is due out at the beginning of August. Remember to order enough of the new mini magazine for each member of your congregation.


Prayers needed for Gaza

We ask you to remember the situation in Gaza, Israel and the whole of the Middle East in your prayers. Download a prayer by Rev. Doc. Yohanna Katanacho, a Palestinian Christian living in Palestine and academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College.

 

'Bombs were raining on our heads everywhere. We ran as fast as we could. Many were falling down, but we could not look back. There were 50 of us, but only 12 made it out alive.'Eyewitness account from Gaza, told to a doctor at a PMRS mobile clinic

 

Christian Aid has three actions for you to take  

Act: Campaign action

So far, more than 5,000 people have signed the petition to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (and to the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan) calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Pray: Worship resources

Christian Aid Scotland has put together moving worship materials for use in churches.  Azzam (their consultant in Gaza), said to a staff member earlier this week ‘I pray this nightmare ends.’ Please do hold Azzam, Christian Aid partners and all the people caught in this awful conflict, in your prayers and thoughts.

Give: of time and money

Christian Aid partner PMRS is managing to operate two clinics in North Gaza and Gaza City. They are providing emergency healthcare to more than 8,000 Palestinians daily in what continues to be a very dangerous environment. They are in touch with some of the doctors operating the clinics and have regular updates on their work, including very compelling eyewitness accounts, on our website (updated today). Their partners are reporting widespread destruction, food and fuel shortages, and a medical system close to collapse. There is no doubt that partners’ work will be vital (when it becomes safe for them to respond).

Christian Aid partner, the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), is hoping to provide psychological and social support to more than 1,000 children who have suffered as a result of what they have seen and experienced in recent days. Khan Younis, the location of one of CFTA’s centres, which runs therapeutic activities for children and young people growing up under occupation, has been a major target of the ground invasion. Their work will feature in our next magazine. Please pray for CFTA at this difficult time. The money you raise in your church wil be needed, more than ever, in the months ahead.

 

 

Donate to Christian Aid's emergency appeal

 


 

 

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel:   21 - 27 September 2014  

The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is an iniative of The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches. They  invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together  for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice are invited unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

 

There are many exciting resouces availalbe for the WWPPI. Please choose the best one for your situation and adapt as needed.

  • A worship liturgy authored by Palestinian Christian clergy and laity, to be used as published or adapted for use in your local context     
  • A booklet to be used as a guide for observing the week
  • A service, ' When do we see you in prison? - child prisoners. With stories, prayers and images this resource has been written by past Ecumenical Accompaniers  for use during the week
  • Postcards to advertise WWPPI available as a pdf

 

 Links to other useful resources available on the Pax Christi web site


 

NEW stories from BangladeshShanti and Kusum 2

Refresh your church's understanding of the issues facing thousands in Bangladesh with these new stories from The Christian Commission for development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Shushilan. The stories are great for using in church magazine articles. Each story has an image to accompany it. The stories were collected by supporters on the last trip to Bangladesh

There are 5 new stories here

 

 

 


NEW stories from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

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Find new stories from people helped by the work of PARC (now called the Palestine Agricultural Development Association). These stories can be used in church magazines and to promote the work of Commitment for Life within your congregation.


There are five new stories here

 

 

 

 

 


2014 Service outline available - A Precious Resource

email size boat on lake with crossThis exciting resource can be adapted for your Commitment for Life Service this year. It contains, a Powerpoint, video, sermon ideas, family time, hymn suggestions as well as the service outline. Book a date now to hold a special Commitment for life Service this year.   If you would like a speaker please contact the Programme Co-ordinator (see Contact page)

 

         

 

      


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