Christmas is an ‘us’ time, not a ‘me’ time. For Christians, it reminds us that Jesus is ‘God with us’ and that we belong together, which is one reason why so many people go to church for Christmas – because we’re better together than we are alone.
And in society generally, it has always been a time for being together with friends and family, which is why the figures showing that nearly 20% of people will be lonely at Christmas are so awful.
And with that commitment to togetherness that in mind, this catalogue is both a reminder and an opportunity; a reminder that we have responsibilities for one another, and especially those who are suffering most, and an opportunity to express that commitment in a practical way. There are many people that need support this year. Please consider joining me in using this catalogue to offer that support and, in doing so, to make Christmas is an ‘us’ time.
Right Revd Hugh Nelson, Bishop of St Germans.
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