Special Days, Weeks, Months

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In both the church calendar and in our wider communities there are many special days, weeks, and months that highlight all sorts of issues from World Environment Day, to Meadows Week, to Bogtastic Day on Exmoor.

These days offer a great opportunity for churches to put on events that tie in with our wider communities and add to the whole.

Details of such special days will be added here as we get details - if you come acros any you would like included please email info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk

23 August - UNESCO International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

15 - 22 October - Week of Prayer for World Peace

15 October - Freedom Sunday

Modern Slavery - Freedom Sunday is 15 October 2017

Julia Neville writes in July's "Faith in Action Bulletin" - Freedom Sunday is a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking, held on the Sunday closest to 18th October, European anti-trafficking day. As the Archbishop of Canterbury has said: “Human trafficking is a grave crime against humanity. It is a form of modern slavery and a profound violation of the intrinsic dignity of human beings. If we are to combat this evil then we must work together to prevent the crime, support the survivors and prosecute the criminals. The knowledge that churches have of their local communities puts them on the frontline in this campaign.”. A resource pack for Freedom Sunday is available to download from Freedom Sunday pack

The Church of England has now launched the three-year ‘Clewer Initiative’ on Modern Slavery, intended  to support dioceses and wider church networks in developing strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities and helping to provide victim support and care. See https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/ for more information about this initiative and to access resources for churches.

The Freedom Sunday 2017 resource pack is now available on the website at Freedom Sunday 2017 Resources


8-14 October - Prisons Week (England and Wales)