The power of prayer! Vicar and sons get in the saddle for Christian Aid



Rev Michael Smith

A lovely Bournemouth-based vicar has roped in his sons for a very special cycling challenge this summer.

Big Bike to Brekkie helps raise money to help the most vulnerable at this difficult time. It is a nationwide event and involves a daily cycle, not too different to Sir Tom’s epic effort.

Reverend Michael Smith, Vicar in the Parish of Winton, Moordown & Charminster said: “I’ve supported Big Bike to Brekkie since it first started, as it was a great way to get involved in an amazing charity and have a ride down to Winchester for breakfast. This year, however, with Coronavirus and in the depths of lockdown, we had to be a bit more imaginative. So, Alexander, Matthew and I set ourselves the challenge of cycling for 12 hours, from 8am to 8pm during Christian Aid week.

“During this period of lockdown, there have been lots of acts of kindness and love throughout the country and world, and we wanted to play our part as keen cyclists. At this time we need think imaginatively to support the wonderful work Christian Aid does to fight hardship and strive for a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.”

Rev Michael’s cycle ride is just one example of the many ways members of the parish have imaginatively got involved with Christian Aid Week despite the lockdown. The parish also organised a virtual cake sale, where people could buy cakes which will be baked and delivered once lockdown is over. While the coordinator of the parish’s walking group is doing a sponsored walk.

Donations to Christian Aid can be made through Michael, Alexander and Matthew’s JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/



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