CHRISTMAS CHEER: The festive season is a perfect opportunity for Christians to show others the meaning of their faith
THE TV stations are playing lots of Christmas advertisements, the shops are stocked up with seasonal goods and potential gifts, and thankfully churches and Christian ministries are focused on doing good during this unique and special time of year – the Christmas season.
The Bible states that “It is more blessed to give than receive.” (Acts 20:35). And in line with the spirit of Christmas where God presented his only son Jesus, as a gift to the world, to bring hope, peace and to ‘save people from their sins’, believers across the world follow this example by demonstrating generosity and benevolence whenever they can during this particular time.
Lot of churches have planned out great things during the Christmas season. For instance, Jesus House, a mega church based in Brent Cross, north west London will be reaching out to the local community in a variety of ways. Between December 17-23 they’ll be spreading Christmas cheer in Barnet by placing volunteers at train stations across the borough to dish out mince pies, hot drinks and give a listening ear.
They’ll be working alongside local churches in their area to distribute food hampers to families and individuals in need. And working alongside Homeless Action in Barnet, they will be opening up their church as a homeless shelter from 24 December – 3 January.
Love Life, the prison ministry founded by former premier league footballer Bruce Dyer, will be holding carol services in a number of Her Majesty’s establishments, as well as distributing gifts to prison inmates.
The above are just two examples of the numerous demonstrations of love and kindness that Christians across the country will be conducting during the Christmas season. The question believers should ask themselves is: “How can I share the love of God during this special time?” One way is to just share some kindness to individuals near and far.
There are numerous things that believers can do.
Here are some suggestions:
-Be a volunteer at any special Christmas initiatives being organised by your church, a charity or community initiative.
-Donate money you would normally spend on gifts for friends and family to your favourite charity/voluntary group or buy a gift from a catalogue like those produced by charities like World Vision, Habitat for Humanity or Christian Aid that will help vulnerable communities throughout the world.
-Invite people who live on their own, or who’ve experienced bereavement or loss around your home for Christmas dinner.
-Buy a gift for those individuals at your church, place of work or in your neighbourhood who get very little personal support from family or friends
No matter how busy you are take time out to show others you care with a kind word, some encouragement or even a prayer.
So as you make your plans for the Christmas season, do factor in how you can share some love and kindness, and be a blessing to your neighbour and wider community.