During Lent this year, Bishop Sarah Mullally is encouraging churchgoers across London to consider giving to this year’s Lent Appeal. She writes:
In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, in a capital city heralded for its history and culture, modern slavery is thriving. Thousands are trapped by domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation, all in plain sight of Londoners. Many more are at risk of falling through the cracks, hidden from the view of the authorities, charities and the church. Behind those statistics there are real people.
This year’s Lent Appeal will build on the work of The Clewer Initiative (https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/), part of the national church’s approach to eradicating modern day slavery which was launched by the Archbishop Justin in October 2017. It rightly calls for a community wide response to modern slavery – developing partnerships between the Church, statutory and non-statutory agencies to create a network of advocates seeking to end Modern Day Slavery.
Through Lent we will be encouraging parishes to increase awareness of modern day slavery, equipping people with the skills to spot the signs and take action so that it can no longer be hidden in plain sight. The Lent Appeal page (https://www.london.anglican.org/mission/lentappeal/) on the Diocesan web site provides some of the information, advice and guidance needed to help us do this.
If you would like to give to the Lent Appeal through church, please place your donation in an envelope marked “Lent 2019 Appeal – FAO Treasurer” and place in the collection baskets during a service or post through the door of the vicarage. In addition, our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will have collections in aid of the Lent Appeal.