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Archbishop of Canterbury celebrates Tearfund's 50th anniversary in Coventry

23 Apr 2018

Archbishop of Canterbury celebrates Tearfund's 50th anniversary in Coventry

<p> The Archbishop of Canterbury will celebrate Tearfund's 50th anniversary in a special service taking place at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 6th May at 10.30am. </p> <p> The service will be hosted by Dean of Coventry, The Very Reverend John Witcombe and The Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry. </p> <p> Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency. Founded in 1968, it is one of the UK's leading aid charities, delivering groundbreaking work through partners and local churches in the 50 poorest countries in world. </p> <p> Gosp-Ability Choir will be performing as part of the celebrations. The choir, brought together by Coventry gospel singer Sandra Godley, aims to give people who have faced mental anxiety or physical disabilities an opportunity to perform. This will be the Choir's first live performance ahead of singing in Windsor in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding on Saturday May 19th. </p> <p> Also joining the service will be Emmanuel Murangira, Country Representative for Rwanda at Tearfund. Emmanuel will share his experiences of working for peace and reconciliation in his country, following the Rwandan genocide. </p> <p> Virginia Luckett, Director of UK Churches at Tearfund said: "We are honoured that the Archbishop of Canterbury will be celebrating Tearfund's 50th anniversary and joining with us as we pray for an end to extreme poverty. As we enter our fiftieth year, we are more motivated and determined than ever and I invite people to join with us as we celebrate this key milestone and look ahead to the future." </p> <p> The Archbishop of Canterbury will also be leading the congregation in a special prayer written to mark Tearfund's 50th anniversary. </p> <p> Tearfund's 50th anniversary service is free to attend, to register for a place click <a href="http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tearfunds-jubilee-celebration-marking-50-years-tickets-43127006036" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p> The service at Coventry Cathedral follows on from the Archbishop of Canterbury&rsquo;s visit to Coventry to take part in the activities planned to celebrate the Centenary of the Diocese of Coventry. For more details on the activities planned please visit: <a href="http://cov100.org/" target="_blank">www.cov100.org</a>. </p> <p> Ends </p> <p><strong> For further information on Tearfund please contact</strong>:&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1.1em;">Ann Hallam, Tearfund on 020 3906 3146 or 07929 330366&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><strong>For further information on The Diocese of Coventry&rsquo;s Centenary celebrations please contact</strong>: Anna Laycock on <a href="mailto:Anna.Laycock@covcofe.org">Anna.Laycock@covcofe.org</a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><strong>About Tearfund&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;">Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency and a member of the Disasters&rsquo; Emergency Committee. Founded in 1968, Tearfund has been working around the world for 50 years responding to disasters and helping lift communities out of poverty. For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit <a href="http://www.tearfund.org" target="_blank">www.tearfund.org</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><strong>Prayer written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby which will be read out at the service</strong>:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><em>Gracious and generous God, you became poor so that we might be enriched by your love, and you gave the world&rsquo;s wealth and resources as a common inheritance of all human beings.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><em>We pray you would strengthen your church to be a beacon of hospitality for the poor.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><em>We pray that, seeing the light of Christ&rsquo;s love, the nations and peoples of the world may fight not to kill, but to outdo one another in care for the poor, and in actions of gracious generosity.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.1em;"><em>Through Him who for our sakes did not grasp the wealth of heaven, but instead gave all to live for us as a slave, and die for us in pain, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.</em></span></p>

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