Resources for Young People
There are lots of activities on the Christian Aid Week website for Youth, Children and families to have fun with. Check out www.christianaid.org.uk/learn to find out more!
At St Nics we thought it would be fun to encourage everyone to create a prayer wall in their homes this week to pray together for justice. This could be on a large piece of cardboard or on a physical wall. We would love for you to share some photos of your prayer wall with us by tagging us on social media. Here are some 'justice-themed' ideas to get you started...
Put a map on your prayer wall and use sticky notes to pray for people in different countries.
You could pray for friends and family members living in other countries, or maybe stories you've heard in the news lately.
Perhaps you could go onto the Christian Aid website and read some stories together from people all over the world who are supported by Christian Aid? You could even pray for these people by name.
You can keep adding to this throughout the week!
"Around the world, people have to leave their homes because of disaster, conflict or hunger, and they sometimes travel to new countries as refugees. Some refugees are children who have been separated from their parents. The children travel alone, but where do they go? The UN estimates that more than 30% of the 57000 refugees currently stranded in Greece are unaccompanied minors - they are alone." Read a story from the Christian Aid website about a child alone. How might you feel if you had to leave your home and travel alone? Draw a picture or write a short letter to a refugee child and add it to your prayer wall as a reminder to pray for them.
In some parts of the world, women are treated unfairly. Some girls aren't allowed to go to school, or they are forced to marry at a younge age, or they aren't allowed to be fully involved in society. Christian Aid works with organisations all over the world to help women and girls who are treated unfairly.
Read one of the stories in front of on the Christian Aid website about women. If you want to, you can decorate one of the cut out women and then write or draw your thoughts or prayer for women and girls who are being treated unfairly on the other side.
Rising Sea Levels
In Bangladesh they say that climate change tastes like salt. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, flooding homes and farm lands, which makes crops taste like salt. Christian Aid works with organisations all over the world to help communities facing the effects of global warming. If you want to, take a taste of the salt and then write or draw a thought or prayer for the people of Bangladesh onto a sticky note and add it to your map.
Many people live in places of conflict and war. And even when the conflict ends, communities can stay divided. Peace-making isn't easy, but it's very important. Christian Aid works with organisations to bring communities together, sometimes through sport. How would you feel to live in a place of conflict or war? Draw or write a thought or a prayer for peace onto a football-shaped piece of paper.
In some parts of the world, people walk miles to collect their water, and often it's filled with dirt or diseases. Christian Aid works with organisations all over the world to help communities who don't have access to clean water. Write or draw a thought or prayer for people without clean water onto a paper water droplet and add it to your prayer wall.
Letters for Creation
Check out the 'Letters for Creation' activity on the Christian Aid website. When you have completed it, you can add it to your prayer wall as a reminder to keep praying! See the link below for more details.