A NEW course highlighting the reality of poverty has won the support of the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Rev Dr John Inge.
International development agency Christian Aid has joined forces for the Act on Poverty scheme with organisations such as the Trussell Trust.
More than 840 churches and individuals have signed up to put their faith into action ahead of a General Election.
Over six weeks, participants will find out more about the reality of poverty in their communities and around the world. Activities designed to inspire them to act, such as engaging with MPs, will be featured.
Bishop John heralded the project and said it could help enable those suffering from poverty to have hope.
He said: “Poverty is a terrible curse which blights the lives of huge numbers of people all over the world. It is dehumanising and devastating to all those who experience it.
“Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves: that means tackling poverty and its root causes.
“This course offers resources to help us think about how can best be done – not just by giving, important though that is, but also by engaging decision makers to make a difference.”
The series of resource packs contain guidance for short Bible studies and questions and prompts for group discussions.
Christian Aid campaigns and activism officer Katrine Musgrave said: “We have hope for a world where there is justice for all. We believe our relationships and communities can be restored and transformed.
“With a General Election approaching, we have an opportunity to unite our churches with a compelling message for our next Government: it is time to act on poverty.
Chief Executive of Christian Aid, Patrick Watt said: “Working in partnership is a core principle of Christian Aid. This course demonstrates the power of people coming together in faith.
“Every prayer, every gift, every action helps transform lives and I look forward to seeing church communities taking part.”