The FHL, is a non-political Christian Charity supporting the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.

The objectives of the group, which is based in Kenilworth, are to pray for Christians in the holy Land, to raise awareness of their plight, to encourage pilgrimages, and to raise funds to support them.

Seventy years ago Christians made up 29% of the Holy Land population, today they account for less than 2%. Travel restrictions, water shortages, and poverty leads to many Christians emigrating. They also live with the psychological effect of the 18ft high wall separating them from their olive groves. We would welcome anyone who would like to become involved with the group. 

We hold a pancake lunch on shrove Tuesday, at the Friary and serve homemade cake after 6.00 Mass on Sunday evenings, to raise funds. For more information, to receive regular updates of our work in the Holy Land, or to receive a crib collecting box for your home, see their website (CLICK HERE) and/or email Steve and Jenny Roper at steve.roper@icloud.com

The impact of the Covid-19 virus on Christians in the Holy Land is devastating as so many rely on the income from pilgrimages and tourists. The Charity has launched the FHL Pentecost Challenge to raise funds before Pentecost on 31 May. Three long standing supporters have pledged to match fund the first £100,000, so every £1 you donate will have the impact of £2. Please donate at <http://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/pentecost-challenge> www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/pentecost-challenge and please be generous, recognising what you might have donated in better times from attending our events.

We would like to thank all of you who have so generously supported the Pentecostal appeal, for our fellow Christians in the Holy Land.

As you know one of our branch fund raising events has always been the strawberry tea, hosted by Jo and the late Kit Morton. This year due to the pandemic, this has obviously had to be cancelled.  We felt as Solihull group we should try something different, both to keep us together, remember our fellow Christians in the Holy Land in our prayers, and to make up for the loss from funds raised at this event. Would you like to join us in a socially distanced “Strawberry Tea Party” on Sunday 14th June 2020, in your own home/garden?  We will provide the Strawberries, scones and cakes, with a home delivery, from 12.00 noon onwards individually packaged for £10 per person.  This will include fresh strawberries and cream, homemade Victoria sandwich filled with homemade strawberry jam and fresh cream, 2 homemade scones with jam and whipped cream.  To complete the event you will need to supply your own china and cups of tea.  Some of you may wish to include friends and family across the net on social media, or over the garden fence with your neighbour. If you are interested, please let Steve and Jenny know, either by email steve.roper@icloud.com, or phone 01217051737 by 31st May.  Places are booking up fast!