In addition to our regular 11am service on Sunday 1 December, Rev Mark and Shane Hughes will be leading a Service of Remembrance in the afternoon to mark World AIDS Day and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness in the past year. It will be from 2pm – 3pm and everyone is of course very welcome.
The theme for this year’s World Aids Day campaign is ending the loneliness and stigma that people with HIV suffer with. To quote from the World AIDS Day site: “Last year 4,453 people in the UK were diagnosed with HIV. Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV.
“We know that 1 in 5 people living with HIV say that they have needed help with loneliness. Nobody should feel isolated or alone because of their HIV status. Peer support services must be made available across the UK so that people can access the help they need, when they need it, and wherever they are.
Three-quarters of people living with HIV who report loneliness and isolation say they haven’t been able to find that help. We want to change that, and we know you do too.
That’s why we’re asking you to Rock the Ribbon Together in 2019 – to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.”