What better time of year than Christmas, to share the wonderful gift that God has given to each and every one of us. We believe the true meaning of Christmas is not the gifts we give to each other, but the gift of
Jesus Christ, who brought us the promise of unconditional love and eternal life.
To continue in our outreach mission, we were keen to have an event which could involve our whole community at this special time of year.
Following some discussion, we decided to hold a 'Christmas Afternoon' in the chapel, with all proceeds to be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA). We hand-delivered our invitations, and we prayed that the Lord would bless the event with the
attendance of people from our local community. How blessed we were - so many local people turned out to support the event, and with their generosity, we were able to raise £560 for the GNAA.
Following the success of
this event, we were keen to repeat the experience in 2017, and our second Christmas Afternoon was held on 9th December. We were all in agreement that all proceeds would be donated to St Oswald's Hospice, as sadly, it was necesary for some of our church
members to experience first hand, the services provided by St Oswald's. The care and attention provided by the hospice to both patients and their relatives is second to none, and as a result of the wonderful generosity of all those attending the christmas
2017 event, a donation of £624.00 was made to this very worthwhile cause.
In 2018, we wanted the proceeds from this traditional event, to once again support a local cause, and we selected The Charlie Bear for Cancer
Care Fund, as our chosen charity. As the charity celebrates 40 years of supporting cancer patients across the Norh East & Cumbria, it continues to help provide more sophisticated equipment, additional patient comforts, specialist staff training,
and funding of local research projects to develop new treatments and technologies to improve patient care. We would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas 2018 Tea Afternoon, for their wonderful generosity to such an important charity.
We hope that all those attending the Christmas Afternoons enjoyed the events as much as we did, and we pray that they felt the nearness of the Lord as they celebrated the Christmas season.