Bishop Robert launches two appeals a year – for Lent and Advent. On each occasion he is seeking support from across the diocese and beyond for specific organisation and ministries.
Over the years, the Bishop’s Appeals have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In recent years, the Bishop’s Appeals have helped with European climate disaster relief, provided money for the Anglican Communion Fund, specifically for empowering women, and supported efforts to help child migrants in Calais.
Anglican Communion Fund
It is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as I write, and it seems an appropriate time to be asking for your support in the Annual Lent Appeal, because the focus of our efforts this Lent will be the Anglican Communion Centre in Rome.
Advent 2023: Anglican Communion Fund: South Asia
As the Diocese in and for Europe, we are deeply aware of our international context; perhaps we’re also well-placed, then, to think internationally outside Europe itself. I’m delighted to say that we will be supporting this Advent the Anglican Communion Fund of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It exists to make small investments across the church; in the right hands, these can have great impact.
The focus of this year’s work is South Asia, with which I now myself feel a special link, after my sabbatical in that part of the world in early 2023.
Lent 2023: Resourcing ministry in Rabat, Morocco
Advent 2022: Bishop Hannington School, Kenya
Lent and Easter 2022: Aid to Ukraine
Usually, I write to you several weeks before the start of Lent to introduce my Lent Appeal. This Lent, however, we find ourselves in exceptional and grave circumstances with war in Ukraine. Working with our partners USPG, we have therefore taken some time to set up a special appeal fund for the crisis in Ukraine.
Advent 2021: Disaster Relief
Lent 2021: English Church of Liège
The Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year is to raise funds for a new classroom in a school in the Anglican Diocese of Mumias, Kenya.
Advent 2019: Anglican Communion
My appeal for Advent 2019 is for the Anglican Communion Fund (ACF) – the only fund I am aware of that specifically supports the mission and work of communities across the Anglican Communion, often in the poorest and most dangerous parts of the world.