Each year we work closely with a charity throughout Lent – this year our Lent Appeal partner is Unseen, a Bristol-based charity working to stop modern slavery. Our aim is both to raise money to support their work, and also to raise awareness of a problem that is often hidden in plain sight. One of our goals is to inform 1,000 people about modern slavery so they can spot the signs and know what to do.
To get us started we are holding an Unseen information evening about modern slavery on Tuesday 20th February at 7.45 in the Undercroft where you can hear about:
• What trafficking and slavery are
• Nature and scale of the issue – nationally, regionally, locally
• Signs of Slavery, how to spot them and what you can do
• Survivor stories
• Unseen’s response.
From Monday 19th February until Easter there will be a Freedom exhibition in church, curated by Unseen with much work produced by survivors of slavery supported by Unseen – please do drop in and have a look.
Towards the end of Lent on Thursday 22nd March at 6.30pm in church will be Freedom Talks - a celebratory event with a number of Bristol people with different perspectives giving short talks about what freedom means to them – there will also be film, music and a bar. Keep an eye on our website for more information.
The video below contains more information about Unseen's work. If you would like to donate, you can do so via JustGiving at the bottom of the page.
Lent study and worship
Our Lent worship begins this evening at 7.30 with our Ash Wednesday Solemn Eucharist with ashing.
Our Lent Group this year will pick up on the theme of modern slavery with a 4-week Bible study series on Thursday evenings at 8.00 at the Vicarage, starting on 22nd February.
Throughout Lent on Tuesdays at 7.30, there will be a short service of Sung Compline in church – a very peaceful and reflective way to round off the day.