Power to be: five ways to spread the word in your parish

26 June 2017

Young CAFOD volunteers in Nottingham prepare for the Speak Up Week of Action on climate change

CAFOD volunteers at Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service made green hearts and promoted the Power to be campaign ahead of the Speak Up Week of Action 

We've launched our new campaign, Power to be. Hundreds of Catholic parishes and schools across the country are already taking action. Will you join us?

Join our Power to be campaign today

What is the Power to be campaign?

Every child has the power to achieve great things. Yet without access to electricity, the world’s children are being held back from living life to the full. Renewable energy gives children the power to break free from poverty.

By supporting our Power to be campaign, you and your parish can change lives for good. 

Campaigning ideas for your parish 

Here are our top tips to launch Power to be in your parish.

1)      Sign cards in your community

Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish to send to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can fulfil their God-given potential. 

2)      Organise a Power to be liturgy

Invite your parish or school to pray together with our Power to be liturgy.  Ask children to take part with our new children’s liturgy for Sunday 2 July.    

3)      Spread the word

Use our short talk and our prayers of intercession to get the word out in your parish. Find more ideas and activities in the organiser’s guide.  

4)      Get creative

Create an eye-catching Power to be sun display- perfect for children and adults alike. Find details in your organiser’s guide and order posters to invite others to your event.

5)      Speak up to your MP

From 1-9 July, you have the chance to speak up to your newly elected MP about climate change and renewable energy. Planning a parish BBQ or garden party? Invite your MP to meet people in your parish during the Speak Up week of action

Download Power to be resources

How can my parish support Power to be?

As parishes across England and Wales prepare to launch Power to be, volunteer David Worrall explains how his parish in Newcastle-under-Lyme is getting involved.

He says, “Reading Veronica’s story showed me how much we and our children take for granted in our day-to-day lives. The Power to be campaign is therefore one we must support and bring to the attention of our parishes as soon as possible.”

With the support of their parish priest Father Paul, David will give the Power to be short talk at three Masses on the 1-2 July to tie-in with the climate week of action. Posters will be displayed at Church. At each Mass, there will be a group of CAFOD supporters in attendance. Cards will be given out before and after Mass to be signed immediately; or taken away, signed, and returned to Church; or taken away, signed and posted by parishioners.

David says, “by preparing well in advance, it has been easy to organise, but it is essential to get your parish priest on board early. CAFOD’s resources on the campaign are well written and instructive. I think the cards will strike the right chord with our congregation.

“Our parishioners at Holy Trinity are firm supporters of the principles of CAFOD and I am sure that they will embrace the campaign vigorously.”

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