Christian Aid in Kings Langley celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a thanksgiving service at Kings Langley Senior School at the end of last month attended by the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Around 250 people, including students from the school, joined together to recall some of the key highlights of the last 50 years and the people that have influenced it. The school played a significant part, with Gary Lewis, the head teacher, welcoming everyone and the choir delighting the guests with a lovely rendition of the song Refuge.
Dr Rowan Williams, previously Archbishop of Canterbury, and now Chair of Christian Aid and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge spoke about justice and love – two sides of the same coin. After a light lunch, shared together, he took part in a question and answer session with attendees, including the school students, tackling questions about Christian Aid and its operations but also others from the students about euthanasia and suffering in the world.
An added bonus was to have the newly appointed Christian Aid Chief Executive, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi as a guest and she spoke of her values in coming to the organisation and then shared in discussion with others over lunch. Sir Mike Penning – long-standing MP for Kings Langley – who greatly supports Christian Aid and its purposes, was also there in support.
Paul Tucker, the local Chair of the group said: ‘We wanted this to be a real community event, bringing together those from the churches but others who share many of the values and concerns of Christian Aid. We are delighted that the school could play an active part in this and are so grateful for their support. For all of us there it will be a day we will remember for a long time.’