Mission is at the heart of the entire ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
That’s why United Appeal is so important. It brings together resources including prayer and financial giving, to help support PCI’s work not just across Ireland, but globally as well.
From witnessing to local communities and helping through social action to training our leaders and working in partnership with other churches around the world, the United Appeal helps to keep mission at the core of PCI values.
Click here for more information on the various Mission personnel and projects the United Appeal supports.
World Development Appeal
The 2017 World Development Appeal 'A beautiful idea: Women's voices in fragile states' highlights the work of Tearfund partner, Action Entraide, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, and one of the most difficult places to be poor. The second project being supported by the 2017 Appeal is Padare Enkundleni, a faith based men's forum for gender issues in Zimbabwe, and a Christian Aid partner. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, congregations are invited to encourage their members to give generously to this year's World Development Appeal: 'A beautiful idea'.
Resources are available for congregations and include leaflets, envelopes, posters and videos which are distributed to Presbytery via World Development agents. They can also be downloaded from the resources section.
For further information on the World Development Appeal visit the project page.
East Africa Appeal
Millions of people are at risk of food shortages and possible starvation following the worst drought to hit East Africa in over half a century.
Parts of South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have suffered two seasons of prolonged dry spells and crop failures leaving a shocking 16 million people at risk of food shortages.
Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February – making it the first official famine in any part of the world in the past six years.
Urgent action in needed now to prevent this crisis becoming one of the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, due the numbers of people at risk.
In response to this, Moderator, Dr. Frank Sellar, has launched an appeal, asking congregations and individuals to pray for those facing this crisis and to give generously to help save lives.
Funds raised will be distributed to PCI’s partners, Christian Aid, Tearfund and the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s Relief and Development Agency (PRDA). All are already engaged in longer term sustainable development work in the affected regions, and all are now well-placed to direct additional efforts to the unfolding crisis.
How to donate:
Congregational contributions for East Africa may be sent to the Financial Secretary’s Department in Assembly Buildings. Cheques should be made payable to ‘the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’ and designated for the ‘Moderator’s Appeal for East Africa’. Where possible, members should be encouraged to contribute to their congregations under the Gift Aid Scheme, with congregational treasurers sending in a total amount.
You can donate via this website here: www.presbyterianireland.org/donate
NB: Unfortunately we cannot currently Gift Aid donations made online. To Gift Aid your donation please make your contribution through your congregation or download a Gift Aid form here.
The closing date for contributions to the Appeal will be 31st July 2017.
Download Background Sheet – PCI Moderator's East Africa Crisis Appeal
Download Moderator Appeal Letter
Download Moderator's Appeal for East Africa PowerPoint (standard size slide)
Download Moderator's Appeal for East Africa PowerPoint (widescreen size slide)
Photo credit: Christian Aid