Church Action on Poverty7 Jan 2016 By Sam Setchell
Church Action on Poverty Sunday takes place each year on the last Sunday before Lent (until 2014 it was part of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week). This year it falls on Sunday 7 February and the theme this year ‘Bread Broken for ALL’
Food is a gift from God. But in the UK today, thousands of people are denied access to that gift by injustices that leave them destitute. Growing numbers are going hungry, or trapped in poverty despite their best efforts. But people in poverty are usually blamed for their situation, or treated as powerless victims.
You may not know it, but you, and everybody else in the UK, have a right to food. In 1976, our Government made a binding commitment under international human rights law to secure the human right to adequate food for everyone in the UK.
Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. It works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally.
The charity has a vision of a more equal society, with a narrower gap between rich and poor. Happier. Healthier. Safer. Fairer.
A prayer for Church Action on Poverty Sunday:
you made this good earth and gave us enough
that all could delight
in bread and wine, milk and honey, story and song.
As Jesus sat by lakeside and table
and shared bread,
and said that his body was broken for all,
he showed us a glimpse of your Kingdom.
with a vision of a society beyond the scandal of poverty
where bread is the birthright of all your children.
Give us hearts that yearn for it,
voices to call for it,
strong hands to build it together.
Find out more at www.church-poverty.org.uk