Christian Aid

Christian Aid Solar Stories Event

Our friends at Christian Aid have sent details of a free event where you can learn about the charity’s Harvest Appeal and work in Ethiopia.

Solar Stories at Hilfield Friary

Wednesday 5th September, Hilfield Friary, Dorchester, DT2 7BE

Join us at 10.00 to hear about Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal featuring stories of solar power in Ethiopia and stay on to find out how solar is being used at the Friary:

10.00 Coffee and Christian Aid harvest presentation
11.00 Hilfield Friary solar tour and Autumn trail with Brother Hugh
12.00 Chapel service.  You are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and stay on to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at the Friary.

The event is free but please call Christian Aid on 023 8070 6969 to book your place.   More information at the Christian Aid website.

Twitter: @CaidWest 

Christian Aid Week 2018 Events

This year’s Christian Aid week is centred on Haiti. Here’s what Christian Aid Haiti’s Prospery Raymond has to say about the event.

We are all connected. We are all human beings. We are all sons and daughters of God. We are one. Through Christian Aid, you in the UK and Ireland are connected with us here in Haiti.

There is also a Devotional Booklet available in most of the Churches in the Team from next weekend. Devotions commence on 10th May (Ascension Day) and continue until Pentecost Sunday. This devotional is also available online at

These are the events we have listed so far for Christian Aid week.

Friday 18th May – 10:00 – 12:00 Coffee in Church to include Bring & Buy/Raffle Stalls. Bring along your Christian Aid donation envelopes.

Wednesday 16th May – Cake Sale, Raffle, Coffee and Cake, Lunch 10:00-15:00 (As part  of Walk in Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church)
Saturday 19th May – Cream Teas 15:00-17:00 at St. Mary’s Church Beaminster

Salway Ash
Friday 11th May – A Soup and Pud lunch followed by a quiz 12:30-13:30 in Salway Ash Village Hall.

Saturday 12th May – A Christian Aid coffee morning 10:00-12:00. Elizabeth, Ros and Susy invite you to enjoy their homemade baking, coffee and tea and a magazine exchange in Netherbury Village Hall.

Sunday 13th May – Churchyard Event 12:00. home produce, refreshments, Jolly Jars, Hoopla and more.

If you have an event planned we haven’t mentioned do please get in touch and we’ll list it. Email

Christian Aid Week 2018

Christian Aid believes that people should ‘have life before death’, and Jesus urged us to ‘love our neighbours as ourselves’. By supporting the work of Christian Aid we can help to achieve both of these things.

Here is one example of what can be done. Meet Vilia. When an enormous earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, it destroyed Vilia’s entire neighbourhood. As she frantically searched for her home, for her mother, for safety, she was forced to step over dead people’s bodies. Villa never found her mother. Grieving and homeless, she took her family to her home town in search of safety, but couldn’t find anywhere to stay. So even though Vilia is a strong person, life was incredibly difficult for her.

Then Christian Aid’s partner in Haiti KORAL reached out to help, building Vilia a new home that is strong enough to withstand natural disasters. Vilia’s new house made her incredibly happy, and because of her kindness it’s done more than that. One terrifying night in 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti and destroyed many homes in Vilia’s neighbourhood. One by one, Vilia’s neighbours fled to her house and were welcomed in. As the storm raged on, she opened up her home, sharing food and shelter for many days. Despite the hurricane’s ferocity, her new house remained intact apart from one lost roof panel. This is just one story among many of those made homeless by natural disasters or warfare.

More than 65 million people in the world today have been uprooted from their homes. This Christian Aid Week we’re standing up for displaced people. We’re opening our arms to people who have lost everything in Haiti, forced to leave their homes after unimaginable disasters. The money we raise will transform lives.

We are called to show love to all – especially the most vulnerable. Please support Christian Aid Events or house-to-house collections in your Parish and also with your prayers. Christian Aid wants to build a future where every person on earth is safe and able to thrive, treasured as a child of God.

  • Judith Hansen, Local Christian Aid Organiser

There are plenty of events taking place in the Beaminster Area Team Ministry during Christian Aid week and you’ll find them by following this link – Christian Aid Week 2018 Events