Just as one star led the way to Jesus that first Christmas night, churches can light the way for those in darkness this year.
Spurgeons Children’s Charity is offering a package of materials to help churches make this advent sparkle for their congregation, while encouraging them to make a difference to the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable families.
Founded by Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeons has been supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children in England for 150 years.
Ross Hendry, Spurgeons CEO, said: “The church is the star that lights the way to Jesus Christ and is also the gift that struggling communities so desperately need.
“Written with the church in mind, whether you need a nativity play, an advent series or a youth resource, Spurgeons has it covered. There are plenty of ideas to spread Christmas cheer and make a lasting difference in the community too.
“Through prayer, donations and time, your support can make a real difference to children’s lives. Help us give hope to every child this Christmas.”
Over Christmas, disadvantaged families will receive support from Spurgeons to help with things like; food and access to Food Banks, Christmas presents for the children, warm clothes for the winter and support when they feel the most isolated.
Ross explained: “Charles Haddon Spurgeon preached extensively about Christmas. He passionately urged his congregation to help serve the poor and hurting while challenging them to grow closer with Christ. Spurgeon’s work was built on the rock of God’s word and the power of prayer.
“As we continue the work he started, we are just as passionate about helping the vulnerable and sowing hope into the lives of children.”
Although the face of Spurgeons’ work has changed, the need is just as great today as it was then, with over 3.9 million children living in poverty in the UK today.
Last year, the charity ran over 80 projects across England to support children and parents, including young carers, family support, children’s centres and girls in gangs.
The charity’s church work includes their ‘Together for Families’ project, funded by Spurgeons.
It has three staff building up relationships with churches involved in community outreach based in the Peterborough area, East Northants and West Wiltshire. They help to get groups off the ground in socially isolated areas, as well as offering support to existing groups through extra parenting or child development sessions, plus activities and training for volunteers.
To download your resources go to: https://www.spurgeons.org/secondary-nav-pages/churches-engagement/church-resources