April 7, 2009

Support the homeless this Easter, Archbishop says


by David Masters

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has urged churches to remember the homeless and those in unsuitable housing over the Easter period.

Dr Williams called upon churches to hold special Easter services in aid of housing charity Shelter.

“As the effects of the financial crisis touch more and more people, you can help by supporting Shelter’s Easter appeal at your church,” the Archbishop said.

Shelter recently reported a huge increase in the number of people coming to the charity for help since the beginning of the credit crunch.

Because of its need for extra funds, and following the success of its Easter appeal last year, Shelter has made a free pack of church service ideas available, including thought provoking worship songs and prayers.

Adam Sampson, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “We are seeing a real increase in demand for our services as more people struggle to make ends meet.

“This Easter, we urge all churches and their congregations to hold their own special service for Shelter to support our vital work helping struggling families to keep a roof over their head.”

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