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Learn to spread Christmas cheer!

GIVE: Helping hand

IT SEEMS that Christmas is the one time of the year when almost everyone behaves in a Christian manner.

Most people, religious or not, celebrate at least one aspect of Christmas – whether it’s the giving of gifts, helping someone less fortunate than themselves, donating to a charity, doing voluntary work or sharing hope.

Luke 2 gives an account of the Christmas story. It describes how, following the birth of Christ, angels shared the news to shepherds watching their sheep, and a throng of angels said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

All Christians would agree that Christ came to give hope, and spread peace and goodwill. If this is the case, the question believers and those interested in making the world a better place should ask themselves is: how can we live out the reasons why Christ came into the world at Christmas and throughout the year? If you are stuck for answers, here are some suggestions.

Support a charity

There are charities that address issues, advocate for others, or work directly with vulnerable people. Support a charity which deals with an issue that is of concern or interest to you.

Most charities rely on financial donations. Christmas is as good a time as any to give a gift. Visit charitiesdirect.com to find a charity that meets your interest.

Adopt a charity

If you run a business, organisation or church you may want to adopt a charity and pledge that at least once a year you will put on an event to raise funds and awareness, or donate your business services for a set project or period. You could be helping to save a charity (including your church) thousands of pounds.

Become a volunteer

There are lots of charities, ministries and organisations crying out for additional help. If you have some spare time or a skill, why not help out a charity by serving as a volunteer. You will not only learn new skills, you’ll also make new friends and be helping a worthwhile cause.

Give a helping hand

All around us there are individuals who need help and support. It could be that elderly neighbour who needs help with her shopping, the single parent who needs a babysitter, the lonely housewife who needs a listening ear, that teenager who wants to be understood. Giving someone our undivided attention is a great gift.

Special events

Christmas provides great opportunities for churches to connect with their local communities, whether it’s by giving out gifts to children during a Sunday service, holding a special carol service, putting on a Christmas dinner for the vulnerable, distributing food hampers or just carrying out good works. Every church should be doing something for their local community, even if it’s only during the Christmas season.

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