A BCM Christmas usually features slap-up dinners, exchanging gifts and gathering together for companionship and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Just as we all contemplate a very different Christmas this year, BCM staff are planning and adapting across its projects. And we’ll definitely still be celebrating Jesus!
Instead of a warm room with decorations, music and a turkey meal, Care Centre staff and volunteers will be serving a takeaway Christmas dinner and a gift through the shutter doors! Steve, Care Centre Manager, said: ‘It can be easy to dwell on the sadness of this but we must remember what Christmas means to us as Christians. Guests continue to arrive in good numbers and as deep winter sets in, we continue to help with accommodation and other practical solutions. We value your prayers and support.’
This Christmas ElderLink staff and volunteers will deliver packs to their clients, containing a letter, present, calendar and craft activity. Please pray for their elderly folk, that they would be comforted and have eternal hope in Jesus.
ToyLink is a massive undertaking, distributing gifts to thousands of struggling families across the city. This year it’s already full steam ahead as usual (with masks, hand gel and social distancing), although restrictions may mean we will not reach quite as many families as in other years. Please pray for Anna Maria, who is taking the reins without the support of long-standing volunteers, Bobbie and Yvonne, for the first time. Pray she will thrive under the pressures of managing the admin, sorting incoming toys, email queries, wrappers, stock levels…
We thank God for so many donated toys coming in, and and pray that there will be enough right up until Christmas. Please pray for the families receiving gifts, that God’s blessing will be on them and they will know his love and peace in their lives.
The Children’s Team has already started its (virtual) Christmas assemblies with the theme ‘A Very Different Christmas’, exploring how different doesn’t mean worse, and telling the story of the very first Christmas, the most different of all. Pray that the joy and hope of the Christmas message would come across clearly, for no technical problems and for enthusiasm right up until the end of term.
The team’s Fulfil Online event was broadcast live on YouTube in November when special guests, Jay Smith and A Star, both shared important messages of hope, light and peace in these challenging times. We were able to reach new young people through the virtual event. One parent fed back: ‘We all enjoyed Fulfil as a family and will definitely tune into any future events you put on. Another positive was that this was accessible for our son with Aspergers. He really struggles with noise and crowds so he wouldn’t attend an event normally. It was nice that he could be involved.’
Please pray for the Youth Team as they continue their virtual ministry. Their Christmas assembly and RE lesson videos are currently being sent to around 30 schools, and another video to church youth groups and families. Pray for attentive minds and hearts to listen to their message, and that the videos would be a blessing and encouragement.
If you would still like to watch 20th November’s Fulfil, visit the ‘BCM YOUTH’ YouTube channel.