Get crafty in Southwark

With schools closed, children spend hours in front of their phones and computers.  All of a sudden these little screens became the most important part of everyday life. They are being used to study and do the homework, but also to relax and stay in touch with others.

Read on to hear how a Children’s Liturgy Volunteer shared her passion for crafting with ideas which are fun and relaxing and and don’t require sitting in front of a computer (or at least only for a very short time 🙂

Maggie McWilliams Crafting Joy with CAFOD

 Check out CAFOD’s newest LIVE monthly online show Crafting JOY with CAFOD, where Maggie McWilliams, a mum of 3, teacher and Children’s Liturgy Volunteer, along with her co-host Bronagh Daly (Community Participation Coordinator in Leeds), share some amazing crafting ideas, last month the theme was Walk for Water themed craft and chat which is perfect to get us focused on the journey towards Lent and water poverty around the world.




During Lockdown many people are taking up new hobbies like baking, or gardening and 

Maggie and Bronagh Crafting Joy with CAFOD

crafting!  If you feel like you’d like to flex your creative skills or want to get the kids involved with making their own works of art join the next Crafting Joy with CAFOD.

CAFOD volunteer Maggie gave an interview to  Emma Gill on the BBC Radio Cornwall    Saturday Breakfast show. You can find it here at this point in the broadcast: In at: 3hrs:38 – Out at: 3hrs:47

Marine, Sarah and Celeste would love to see what our Southwark volunteers can do, why not send us pictures of what you make and tell your family and friends. Discover a new passion particularly with little ones.

Banana cake from Peru Crafting with CAFOD

When you have a moment why not check out the activities at the CAFOD Kidz Zone? especially the yummy recipes from around the world! Tweet pictures of your creations to share with fellow volunteers to the Southwark Twitter account: @cafodsouthwark or share a Facebook post on the Southwark Facebook page: @cafodsouthwark

Signs of hope during a challenging year

It has been a challenging year. For many of us, it’s a hard year we’ll look back on recognise God’s love and care as he carried us through. For others it has been a time when we’ve rediscovered our love of nature or the simple joys of life. In the middle of all this, the time for Family Fast Day is back. Lets discover the signs of hope it brings us.

Family fast Day looks different

Kenya – CAFOD’s partner preparing a distribution to vulnerable families

Family Fast Day this Harvest looks different. Our church buildings have fewer people in them and we can’t do certain things we always took for granted. I miss the coffee morning after church. But some things haven’t changed. And they won’t change. We know that each person, especially the poorest amongst us, matters. We know that every life is created by God and is precious. And we know that our love of our neighbour reflects our love of God. We also know that, sadly, countless people throughout our world face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty.

This year schools and parishes, Catholic networks and religious orders and countless individuals are doing what they can to help those in need, showing that their love is practical, not abstract. It is easy to see in our own families that if one person suffers, we all suffer. We also know that we are a global family, each of us brothers and sisters, each of us precious and loved.

Discover what Family Fast Day looks this year

A Fast Day giving signs of hope during a challenging year

A Harvest Fast Day like no other. Texting is a new innovative way for CAFOD to receive donations.

Many will support our work by donating online while others will text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10* to our Coronavirus Appeal, the focus for our appeal this Harvest. Our volunteers are trying extra hard to let people know about the need and inspire them to respond. Angela and Colin Dowling, from Bromley, for example helped us calling some parish volunteers to tell them about Harvest. Ben Warren from St Vincent de Paul, Battersea Altenberg in Clapham is doing a special ride sponsored by people around him. Barbara Leigh from St Thomas More in Dulwich has once again made sure she could display the Harvest poster, the envelops, the announcement in the newsletter. Karen Suddaby and the J&P group from St Mary/Our Lady Help of Christians from Greenwich has put up 6 copies of the CAFOD family fast day poster on the glass doors leading into the church. The posters are in 3 locations, put up back to back so that people can read them both on the way out and on the way in.  

It’s such a sign of hope that our communities are still determined to support our work, to help those in need, even when many of us are in need ourselves. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for expressing your faith and sharing the love of God with people you’ve never met.

Join us from home for Harvest, our door is open

Many people won’t be able to get to church this Harvest. If you would like to join us online and enjoy being church with us in prayer and community we would be delighted to open our doors and welcome you in.

We have virtual events to suit everyone, all of which can be found on our website

Share the word about Family Fast Day

Please do let others know about these events, particularly if they’ve not been able to get to church recently and might be missing it. Maybe you could send them the links and help them get online? If you use Facebook or have a parish WhatsApp group, maybe you could share CAFOD’s posts about the events and encourage your friends to join. This Harvest, let’s try to ensure that no-one is beyond reach.

Look at our Harvest Festival and join us!

*Texts cost ÂŁ10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give ÂŁ10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085. For more information please see our Privacy

Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation resources

On the CAFOD website there is a wealth of resources to be used for those leading Children’s Liturgy or Confirmation programmes.

Children’s Liturgy

These resources contain questions to help children reflect on the Gospel story, as well as ideas for prayers, songs and other activities. They can also be easily adapted to suit your group!

This week’s resources for the Fifth Sunday of Lent include, along with the liturgy, a photo resource and a colouring activity (which involves getting the children to all the things that they need to live a happy life and be the best people they can be – e.g. clean water, the chance to go to school, medicine, etc.)

All of these resources – including general guidelines for children’s liturgy leaders – can be found here.

Children's Liturgy


These resources provide support for you to include issues of global justice in Confirmation programmes for young people and include guides, activities, games and case studies.

All to play for

There are plenty of different resources to choose from, all of which can be found here.

CAFOD can also help you kick-start your Confirmation programme or to revamp your own sessions. Be it a masterclass on a particular resource, to providing background on Catholic social teaching (CST), or an introduction to CAFOD, all you need to do is get in touch by emailing