Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD campaigner and parish volunteer, Stephen Garsed, shares his volunteering story with us……

Stephen at a parish Live Simply evening

Stephen at a parish Live Simply evening

On arriving in Preston 25 years ago, I joined a parish with an active CAFOD group. I am also part of a CAFOD group at my church, Our Lady & St Edward’s in Preston, promoting the Live Simply Campaign in response to Laudato Si’.

Over the years I have learned that development is much more than ‘giving aid,’ it is about working in partnership with poor communities to meet their needs.



Stephen at the Climate Lobby with his MP

Stephen, and his wife Anne, at the Climate Lobby with his MP at the House of Parliament

This goes right to the heart of what it is to be a Christian, irrespective of  denomination. With my wife, Anne, a Methodist, and other members of the family, I have campaigned on issues such as: trade justice, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, climate change, and tax justice. The joint work of CAFOD and Christian Aid on these issues is something we support both together and individually.

We have lost count of the amount of campaign cards and letters we have written to our MP. The most memorable events have always been the big national rallies, particularly meeting our MP during the “For the Love of” campaign.

Stephen has recently taken on the role of  Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for CAFOD in Lancaster diocese.  A vital role in ensuring our campaigning impact and engagement is as high as possible at a local level. So you’ll be hearing more from Stephen in the coming months……..

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Livesimply with Eco-congregation

Eco congregationIs there something your church could do to engage with creation care and sustainability?

As part of Climate Week, St Paul’s Scotforth, Lancaster are hosting a morning to explore this.

David Hughes, who runs both Eco-Congregation and the Live Simply Award , will explain them.

It takes place on Saturday March 9th 2013, 9:30am – 12 noon, at St Paul’s Parish Hall, Scotforth Road,  Lancaster LA1 4TS (across road from the church).

Representatives from local churches who have already gained an award will be on hand and also a local assessor of the Eco-Congregation scheme.

There will be opportunities to ask questions, share ideas and talk with others. Whether your church has begun on this journey or not does not matter.

Come along and be inspired to start something in your church.Livesimply

Refreshments available.

For further information contact Hugh Kidd on hkadmin@phonecoop.coop or tel 01524 39018

To download a flier, click here

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