On Monday I led the first week of one of the Lent Courses at St Paul’s, Winchester. This year St Paul’s has offered people a whole smorgesbord of Lent reflection activities including the Church Urban Fund’s ‘Are we washing our hands of England’s poor?’
The course challenges the perception that poverty in England doesn’t exist. In today’s media, those who claim they are poor are often condemned as scroungers and benefit cheats.
Over the next five weeks, we are considering the truth behind the news stories and asking, ‘do people truly live in poverty in England?’ And if so, ‘how should we as Christians respond to those in need?’