This year’s appeal features five projects working with those who need help around housing across the three Episcopal Areas of Woolwich, Croydon and Kingston. In addition, we are asked to support ongoing work to provide homes and shelter and food for those affected by the economic situation and natural disasters brought about by climate change in our four Link Dioceses.
During the pandemic we were forced to spend more time at home. For some this has been a time of renewed connections with those with whom they live, for others this has been a desperately hard time as they live alone and have been unable to see their friends and family. For some, the pandemic has exacerbated their sense of not being secure in their accommodation.
As we experience a greater freedom than we had a year ago we can revel in the hospitality that we can share once again and we can revel once again in the comings and goings of daily life.
I invite you to pause this Lent to consider the security with which we are blessed and as we watch war break out in Ukraine we have a tragic reminder of how quickly that security can unravel.
In Isaiah the prophet proclaims: “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest”. Isaiah 32:18.
I sincerely hope that Isaiah’s words ring true for you and I trust that if life is unravelling in any way for you, that you can seek and find comfort and rest in the security of our church building and community.
If we have security then we are called to look to those who do not….in the Bishops lent Appeal we have that opportunity sure in the knowledge that money raised will be shared with those who most need our help.