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The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal

This year we are supporting our partners at St Andrew’s College of Theology and Development

Join with us this year as we raise funds to support our partners at St Andrew’s College of Theology and Development in Kabare, Kenya.

This year's Lent Appeal 

The 2023 Bishop of Chelmsford's Lent Appeal is raising funds to support St Andrew's College of Theology and Development in Kabare, Kenya.

The College plays a key role in providing residential training for new clergy and lay leaders for all five of our partner dioceses in Kenya. The College also serves its local community with courses in theology, business and ICT. 

Chelmsford Diocese has a long history of supporting the College dating back to the 1980's when we were able to support the construction of the library, which was then named the Chelmsford Library. More recently, our Lent Appeal in 2019 supported the installation of a gravity-fed freshwater system for the campus, which was no mean feat as the college stands on the top of a hill!

Making use of the reliable water supply, this year's Lent Appeal seeks to raise funds to improve the shower and toilet facilities for students. The current accommodation blocks are old and have very basic facilities with no hot water. The college had only nine students when these facilities were built and now there is overwhelming demand with more than one-hundred and fifty students using them.

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Students outside the College

Through local fundraising efforts, over £3,000 has already been raised for the improvements. The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal is seeking to raise an additional £15,000 for the project.

Commenting on this year’s Appeal, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford said:

"This year’s Lent Appeal will provide an opportunity for people in our Diocese to make an important contribution to the life of St Andrew’s Theological College and with that, the Mission and Ministry of the Anglican Church in Kenya. St Andrew’s College has been a key partner in the relationship with our five partner Dioceses of the Mount Kenya East region.

The funds raised through your donations will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of current students and help to attract new students to the college in the in future.”

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Find out more about our links with Kenya

If you’re interested in finding out more about our diocesan links with Kenya and the opportunities for your church to get involved, or you would like to know more about the fundraising project for St Andrew's College of Theology and Development in Kabare, Kenya, please email our Mission and Ministry Team.

Make a donation

Donations can be made online by clicking the ‘Donate now’ button below or by bank transfer.

Donate now

If you would like to make a donation to The Bishop of Chelmsford's Lent Appeal by bank transfer, please use the following details:

Chelmsford Diocese Board of Finance
Barclays Bank
Sort Code: 20-20-35
Account Number: 60269603
Reference:  Lent Appeal 23 

Donations will be accepted until 1 July 2023.

Our preferred payment method is our online giving platform (Parish GIving) or bank transfer. If you have any questions about making a donation please email our Mission and Ministry Team.

Resources for parishes and individuals

Here are some simple things you can do to help raise funds for The Bishop of Chelmsford's Lent Appeal 2023.

Share on social media

If you would like to promote the appeal through your Church or personal social media accounts, the links below contain some ideas for the copy you might use.

Download sample text for social media posts

Download social media graphics

Share on your website and in your publications

Download copy for your parish magazine or website.

Download magazine or website copy

Share on noticeboards

Download and print an information leaflet to share with people 

Download and print a poster to display on church noticeboards

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