U2-themed church service will launch charity week in Harborough

The Rev Andrew Quigley
The Rev Andrew Quigley

Christian Aid Week will be launched in Harborough at a special service at 6pm on Sunday May 10 at the Congregational Church in High Street.

Organised by Churches Together the week of fundraising for the charity which works to end worldwide poverty will bring together members of several churches across the town culminating in an U2charist, a communion service set to the music of Irish rock band U2.

The service, which was first held three years ago, is a collaboration between The Rev Andrew Quigley from Harborough Anglican Team, the musicians of Market Harborough Baptist Church, and Christian Aid.

Mr Quigley said: “We were keen to find a different way to speak out as churches to our community about the need to keep global justice and poverty at the forefront of our thoughts, even as the UK is in a period of economic difficulty.

“The service will show us all how to support the Millennium Development Goals as individuals and as a community.

“Christian Aid week helps us recommit as Christians to helping the most vulnerable in the world.

“We want people to come because they like the music and care about the issues.

“We also want local people to hear the church speak about values in different and, perhaps, challenging words.”

Rose Williams, Christian Aid co-ordinator for the Harborough area, said: “I am hoping people will feel inspired by worshipping with others with these concerns and will see how easy it is to do something to change our world.”

The U2charist service will be held at Market Harborough Baptist Church, in Coventry Road, on Saturday, May 16, commencing at 8pm.