Archbishop calls on churches to back housing charity over Easter

By agency reporter
4 Apr 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is calling on all Christians to hold special services this Easter in aid of Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families.

Following the success of its Easter appeal last year, the charity is asking Christians to show their support again by holding a specific service to raise money for Shelter.

Shelter’s work has never been more important as the credit crunch has lead to a huge increase in people coming for help. Money raised will go towards its vital work helping people who are struggling in these tough economic times.

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

A pack of service ideas is available to help local churches plan their own service. The pack contains free service ideas and worship materials for all ages, as well as thought-provoking hymns and prayers to help churches in planning an Easter service.

Collection envelopes, posters and further copies of the booklet are available free on request, says the charity.

Adam Sampson, Chief Executive of Shelter, explained: “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.”

To get a copy of Shelter’s free service pack or for more information, please visit www.shelter.org.uk/churches, call 0845 458 4590 or email

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