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Church Magazine Volume 6/7 Edition 11/12 December/January 2019/20 Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Ripon. North Yorkshire. Minister: Rev’d Helen Bell: Tel. 01765 698288 28

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Allhallowgate Church Council 2019-2020

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Editor’s Letter Minister’s Letter Christmas Poems Church News A Thank you from Ripon City of Sanctuary A Victorian Christmas Animator picture of the Journey of a Lifetime. Diary Dec/Jan; 2019/20 Puzzle Page Poem; Christmas Magic A Young Girls Prayer Hanukkah/(Chanukah) Silent Night Prince Harry Shows Gratitude (MAF) Coffee Morning & Tea Dance Donations Adverts Church Council 2019/2020 Christmas Greeting

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Rev Helen Bell. Pam Williams


Phil Harris Bryan George Andrea Scott Marion Bailey John Williams

Treasurer FWO Secretary Gift Aid Secretary Property/Finance Kings Club Pastoral Committee Missions Organist Bookings/Lettings Safeguarding Rep

John Ensoll Catherine Jennings/Substitute Diane Gaskill Diane Gaskill Robin Jennings Ruth Foster Jenny George (Secretary) Elisabeth Hogerziel Andre Roberts Diane Gaskill / Robbie Scott Lynda Phipps

Congregational Reps

The final date for the submission of articles for the February issue will be Thursday17th Jan 2020 Contact details: Roger Le Duc-Barnett (Editor) mail to: roglbarnett@talktalk.net Tel (home) 01765601672 (mobile) 07852618154 Please remember there is no Gate in January. Thank You 2

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Coffee Morning & Tea Dance Donations 2018/19 cont’d From Page 25; cont’d. I would like to thank personally all the people that have provided, cakes, bric-a-brac and books to sell on the stalls once a month. I would also like to thanks the people that have worked in the kitchen and serving the coffee at the tables. Finally but not least of all, all of our supportive customers that have come week by week to support the charities locally. Thank you all so much. Editor.

Dear Friends, As I write to you it is just five weeks to Christmas. A lovely time of year for myself , but some a very lonely and difficult time. Over past weeks at the Thursday morning prayer meeting we have made an effort not only to pray for our Church members and others known to us who are ill or in need but also for national and world affairs. We seem to live in very disturbing and troubling times. World wide we hear of disasters, shootings, famine, wars, refugees almost on a daily basis. I have become increasingly aware that I pray about such situations, not a bad thing in itself, but I also feel that there are time when I should be doing just a bit more. But what? For some involvement in the City of Sanctuary is a way of acting out our prayers for others. For others it is picking up the telephone or visiting those in need or supporting the food bank or many of the needy charities we hear of, especially at Christmas time.

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Recently I felt compelled, at 3.30 in the morning to be precise, to get up out of bed and put pen to paper and express my concern to our members of parliament about matters around Brexit and the life of our nation. Thus adding my voice to that of many others both within and outside of the church. In whatever way God so inspires and convicts us may we be a people of prayer and ready to back up our prayers with action. The Christmas season gives us, as a church, many unique opportunities to share with those outside of the church the message of the good news of God with us in the gift of his son , Jesus. It is a time of the year associated with peace and goodwill and openness to others – and a God given opportunity, if we are willing to accept the challenge, to put our prayers for others into action. May this Christmas be a blessed time for each one.

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Minister’s Letter Dear Friends, I write on a beautifully sunny morning with a touch of frost and after all the rain we have endured it is good to see the Autumn colours shining out once again. My prayers have been with local farmers who are so very frustrated by not being able to plant spring crops, and with others across the country who have experienced such dreadful flooding. With all that’s going on in our country at the moment the weeks are flying by and Advent will soon be upon us with all the wonderful messages of hope and joy it brings. We all need some space to reflect and ponder on these Advent themes. Earlier this year we welcomed a new grandson into the world. What a marvellous gift he is to us as we have enjoyed watching him grow and develop. Every child is a miracle and I have been fascinated to watch as our grandson went from that helpless new-born to smiling, sitting up and now even beginning to feed himself and try to crawl albeit backwards!! Once again, I have marvelled many times over the past seven months how God could come amongst us in the form of a tiny, vulnerable baby; the true miracle of Christmas. Advent is such a lovely season when we “get ready” in all senses of the phrase to welcome God’s precious gift to us. I don’t find waiting an easy thing to do and remember so clearly how anxious I felt in the hours we spent before the phone call to say that our grandsons had safely arrived. Time seemed to stand still. it is possible however to wait without fear andanxiety but with purpose, anticipation and hope. This is my prayer for us all this Advent season as we see so much brokenness and division around us that we will be able to hold firm to God’s promises and God’s greatest gift in Jesus, and to be able to share that joy and anticipation with others for whom Christ is not in the centre of Christmas. With every blessing, Revd. Helen 4

million people displaced in the 27 years of fighting from 1975 to 2002. During that time , an estimated 10 million landmines were laid all over the country for maximum destruction during the war, encircling communities and endangering roads. These remnants of war continue to put Angolans at risk every day as they travel, work the ground foe farming and simply walk around their communities. Passed onto me by Elizabeth Hogerziel

Coffee Morning & Tea Dance Donations 2018/19 Allhallowgate (lighting & heating) £1250 Training for defibrillator 200 Dementia Forward Ripon. 300 St Wilfred’s Day 250 Yorkshire Air Ambulance 300 Peer Talk (support for people with depression) 200 Visually Impaired Ripon 250 Friends of Ripon Hospital 200 Jennyruth Workshops (for adults with learning difficulties) 200 Parkinson’s Disease 250 6th Ripon Scouts 250 Ripon Panthers (junior football team) 250 Noreen’s Kids (sick children in Romania) 200 Twiglets 200 £4300 Save the Children; Air Ambulance; and Christian Aid received the proceeds of the coffee morning takings on the days when they had stalls in the hall and the three donations amounted to £212.00. Making total donations of £4512. PTO 25

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Prince Harry Shows Gratitude For MAF’S Work in Angola Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, recently visited Dirico in Southern Angola in support of the HALO Trust, a de-mining organisation that began rehabilitation work in the country in 1994. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has partnered with HALO in Angola for the last 25 years, providing flights to remote regions to help HALO clear landmines remaining from the country’s civil war, in some of the most isolated territories. On site for the Duke’s visit, to provide flights for HALO staff, MAF bush pilot Marijn Goud met him. As they spoke, the Duke said, “HALO could not do it without you, thanks. Wearing body armour, the Duke walked an active minefield and remotely detonated a landmine to remove it from the field in Dirico He then visited Huambo, the site that his mother, Princess Diana, was photographed in similar body armour in 1997. Her visit brought international attention to this cause and the impact on those who live in the areas where the landmines silently still lie in wait. At the time Princess Diana visited Huambo, the area being cleared of mines by HALO’s dedicated team. She did not live to see the impact her visit had. Today, there are homes, shops and paved roads where once threatened.—the land finally reclaimed after being made safe by HALO’s work which she supported. HALO reports to have removed more than 100,000 landmines to date, but consider that their work is far from finished. They also work in co-operation with the Angolan police and military to destroy thousands of weapons and tons of ammunition, much of which is Also left over from the war.

Christmas Poems Nativity A Christmas Poem. Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb. Now leaves His well-belov’d imprisonment. There He hath made Himself to His intent Real enough, now into the world to come: But O, for thee, for Him, hath the inn no room? Yet lay Him in His stall, and from the Orient, Stars and wise men will travel to prevent The effect of Herod’s jealous general doom. Seest thou, my soul, with thy faith’s eyes, how He Which fills all place, yet none holds Him, doth lie? Was not His pity towards thee wondrous high. That would have need to be pitied by thee? Kiss Him, and with Him into Egypt go. With His kind mother, who partakes thy woe. John Donne A Song Was Heard At Christmas A song was heard at Christmas To wake the midnight sky: A Saviour’s birth, and peace on earth, And praise to God on high. The angels sang at Christmas With all the hosts above, And still we sing the new-born King His glory and His love. Timothy Dudley-Smith

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Silent Night; cont’d Announcement from the bowls club Three of the Ladies who join us on Wednesday nights when we have a very enjoyable sociable evening playing Carpet Bowls have very kindly made and donated new, numbered, flower pots to decorate the tables at coffee morning. I would therefore like to express our appreciation to Sylvia, Carol and Christine. Robbie Scott

Christmas Dinner This year's Christmas dinner will be held at the Spa Hotel on Monday December 9th at 6.30 for 7.00pm. Menus will be available from Andrea in person or ring Ripon 608981. Closing date for booking December 1st.

Andrea Scott

From all who have helped on the Coffee Rota & Tea Dance; I am sure it goes without saying that all the staff and our customers would want to say a big thank you to Barbara Williams for the many years service within the Coffee morning and the Tea Dance Club for the valiant time and effort she has given freely to us all. We are so saddened to know that Barbara is far from well and our thoughts and prayers from all of us within the fellowship of Allhallowgate Church goes out to you Barbara. Thank You and God Bless You.

sides lowered their guns and celebrated a moment of Christmas togetherness. Some soldiers later told how they heard “Silent Night “ being sung in German from the trenches before joining in and venturing over the top. It’s unlikely that “Silent Night” was heard across the entire front line, as the truce only took place unofficially and was not upheld in all sectors. Some continued to fight through the holiday season, while others arranged for brief ceasefires to collect and bury bodies. However the story of so many soldiers laying down their weapons, mingling and even singing carols is a touching reminder of a common humanity. The fact that “Silent Night” is a key part of this tale is hardly surprising. With its message of peace and its reflection of the silent guns, as well as the fact that whether sung in German or English this beautiful tune is instantly recognisable. “Silent Night” remains a staple of many church services in modern times. Musically, the origin of the carol with a guitar accompaniment means, unlike many other traditional carols, it is based around a simple chord structure with an appealing folk-like melody. As well as the music, the carol appeals through its evocative imagery of the moments after the birth of baby Jesus, when the infant is cradled in his mother’s arms in the stable. It also touches on the shepherds who visit and shares a message of joy and peace. It’s incredible to think that this last-minute composition should hold such enduring appeal, but with its clear message and gently tune it seem likely that “Silent Night” will be a favourite at Christmas carol for centuries to come.



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Silent Night It seems fitting that a carol celebrating the Christmas story was actually written by a young man who himself was of low birth. Joseph Mohr, an Austrian pastor born to a single mother, penned the lyrics to “Silent Night” in 1816, although there is some dispute over what exactly inspired him to put pen to paper. Some believe that the poem was composed by Mohr after visiting a new-born baby. Other reports claim that Mohr’s inspiration was a picture of the Virgin and the Adoration of the Magi- which depicts the three kings visiting a baby Jesus. This painting was displayed at a church in the town of Mariapfarr where Mohr took up his first post as assistant priest in 1815. Whatever its origin, the touching poem by this young pastor might never have seen the light of day without some greedy church mice. When the tiny rodents purportedly gnawed through the bellows of Oberndorf’s church organ rendering it silent on December 1818, Mohr’s poem became the basis of a last minute substitute. Alarmed at the prospect of a truly silent night, Mohr raced to the home of his friend Franz Gruber, a music teacher who played the church organ, but was also a guitarist. At Mohr’s request Gruber pulled together a gentle guitar melody to accompany the lyrics. The two performed the carol for the first time at the end of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve that year, to the delight of the congregation. The carol quickly gained popularity and was soon being sung at churches and in home throughout Austria. But it was only when Frederick Wilhelm 1V, the king of Prussia, reportedly heard the carol being performed in Berlin and ordered it to be sung throughout his Kingdom that Mohr and Gruber were tracked down and finally credited as being the composers. Almost a century on “Silent Night” became part of a Christmas truce amongst soldiers in the trenches in 1914. Legend has it that both 22

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The Charity Cake Stall We have been doing this for over 25 years now and we feel it’s time to retire at Christmas. We will still do an occasional one for a special event. Thank you to all our buyers, it’s been grand meeting you. If anyone would like to take over, please feel free to do so. Thank you all. Elisabeth Daphne, Val, Janet and Mary( who returned last year)

Christmas Carols in Coffee Morning on Thurs 19th Dec @ 10.30am with FREE Mince Pies. Also be aware that there will be no coffee morning on Dec 26th 2019 and January 2nd 2020. Thank You. As from January 9th 2020 the Coffee Morning times will be changing, the Coffee Morning will be from 10am—12 noon. We look forward to seeing all our regular customers in the New Year and look forward to serving New Ones.

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A Thank You from Ripon City of Sanctuary

Hanukkah or Chanukah

For the last four years clothes have been collected for asylum seekers and refugees from many in Ripon and District. The main collection point has been five plastic bins just inside the entrance of Allhallowgate Methodist Church. Most of the clothes have been delivered to two centres with occasionally excess clothing going to those in need in Calais, Lesbos and elsewhere. The centre in Hull is Open Doors, which uses the premises of Princes Avenue Methodist Church, Hull. The Wakefield and District City of Sanctuary Group, uses the Old Police Station of Wakefield for storage, but then distributes clothing in Wakefield, in part to those attending the drop-in at the Quaker Meeting House, but mainly to those asylum seekers in the Initial Accommodation Centre, Urban House. Open Doors receives about 300 asylum seekers and refugees each week, many of whom will have received clothes from Ripon. In Wakefield, many arrive at Urban Hose with no winter clothing and frequently with not even a change of clothing.

During Hanukkah Jews follow simple religious rituals in addition to their regular daily prayers from the Siddur, the Jewish prayer book.

Over the four years, over 100 full car loads of clothing have been taken to Hull and Wakefield. Our words of thanks are directed to many. Allhallowgate Methodist Church has been our main place of receipt and often our storehouse. Clothes have sometimes been collected by Members of Ripon City of Sanctuary Group and a small number of drivers have taken the clothes to Hull and Wakefield. Clothes have been donated by many individuals from all backgrounds and diverse organisations such as churches, schools, scouts and guides. The donations have sometimes been new clothes, but more usually cast-offs. Scarcely without exception the donations have been well chosen and clean. Both in Hull and Wakefield it has been noted that our clothes have been particularly well received. Ripon City of Sanctuary Group wishes to thank all those who have maintained such a high standard of donation through these four years.

They recite three blessings during the eight-day festival. On the first night, they recite three and on subsequent nights they say the first two. The blessings are said before the candles are lit. After the candles are lit, they recite the Hanerot Halalu prayer and then sing a hymn. Potato pancakes and deep-fried doughnuts are traditional Hanukkah treats. Fried food in particular reminds Jews of the miracle of the oil and the candles that burned for eight days after the Maccabees won back the temple in Jerusalem.

Dairy products are often eaten during Hanukkah. The tradition has its roots in the story of Judith (Yehudit) who saved her village from the Syrians by making an offering of cheese and wine to the governor of the enemy troops. Judith encouraged the governor to get drunk. After he collapsed on the floor, she beheaded him with his own sword and took his head back to the village in a basket. When the Syrian troops discovered their governor had been beheaded, they fled. The exchange of gifts or gelt is another old and cherished Hanukkah custom that dates back to at least the Middle Ages, possibly earlier.

I have chosen to write my thanks at this time for two reasons. The recent tragedy of the death of the 39 Chinese migrants emphasizes both the risks taken by those who migrate and the inability of

Gelt is the Yiddish term for money. Modern day gelt includes saving bonds, cheques and chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil.


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This article takes a look at Hanukkah or Chanukah the Jewish Festival of Lights. It starts at sunset Dec 22nd and ends Dec 30th at nightfall. Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity. The festival begins on the 25th day of Kislev and is celebrated for eight days. In the western calendar Hanukkah is celebrated in November or December. The word Hanukkah means rededication and commemorates the Jews' struggle for religious freedom. The festival marks the phenomenal victory of a group of Jews called the Maccabees over the Syrian Greeks, the most powerful army of the ancient world. At the end of the three-year war, the Maccabees recaptured Jerusalem and rededicated the temple.

When the Maccabees rededicated the temple, they discovered a single cruse of oil with the seal of the High Priest still intact. When they came to light the eight-branched temple candelabrum, the menorah, they had enough oil to last only a day. But the menorah miraculously stayed alight for eight days. This became known as the miracle of the oil. It is because of this miracle that candles are lit from right to left during Hanukkah. On day one, the first candle is lit; on the second night Jews light two candles, and the pattern continues. By the eighth night, all eight candles are alight. They are lit from a separate candle, the Shamash or servant candle. 20

A Thank You from Ripon City of Sanctuary; cont’d governments to provide safe passages and a welcome to those driven to desperate journeys. In my fortnightly visits to Urban House I have spoken with many who have been desperate. Should we not give an equal welcome to the University professor from Syria driven by the bombing of his home, or the Catholic doctor from Baghdad driven away by persecution or the uneducated soldier from Eritrea faced with an unlimited future in the army on a salary of less than $1 per day. I have met all in Urban House or local drop-in centres. Sadly the death of the 39 Chinese is not just horrific but it also exposes the risks taken in the search for a better life. Our clothes collected over four years have been received by many forced to flee danger and to take similar risks. A second but less important reason for writing at this time is to let you know that I will be having an operation on a knee and will not be available for a while to coordinate our clothes collections. Instead John Pope, known to all in Allhallowgate and Chris Procter, who has often taken clothes to Hull, will take over the coordination. I am very grateful that they are stepping in. At a time when the news of the 39 Chinese migrants leads to profound questions concerning failures to rationalise international migration, I want to finish on a more optimistic note. I want to thank all those in Ripon and District who have faithfully taken steps to bring comfort to very many migrants at a time for them of terrible uncertainty. I know some who have settled in the UK and can see that their decisions to take risks have been justified. I know others who have failed to receive Leave to Remain and been sent away. For all these, the knowledge that there were those who cared by simply collecting and donating clothes, brought not just comfort but also hope. For your caring, I thank you on behalf of Ripon City of Sanctuary. John Mellor October 2019 9

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A Victorian Christmas

A Young Girls Prayer

For thousands of years people around the world have enjoyed midwinter festivals. With the arrival of Christianity, pagan festivals became mixed with Christmas celebrations. One of the leftovers from these pagan days is the custom of bedecking houses and churches with evergreen plants like mistletoe, holly and ivy. Apparently as well as their magical connection in protecting us from evil spirits, they also encourage the return of spring. No era, in history however, has influenced the way in which we celebrate Christmas, quite as much as the Victorians. Before Victoria’s reign started in 1837 nobody in Britain had heard of Santa Clause or Christmas Crackers. No Christmas cards were sent and most people did not have holidays from work. The wealth and technologies generated by industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever. Sentimental do-gooders like Charles Dickens wrote books like ‘Christmas Carol’, published in 1843, which actually encouraged rich Victorians to redistribute their wealth by giving money and gifts to the poor—Humbug! These radical middle class ideals eventually spread to the not-quiteso-poor as well. From a ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

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God, if you didn't exist, what animals would Noah have to fill the Ark and in the sky would it be light or dark? If you didn't exist, I couldn't imagine a world without seasons, no rain or snow or Christmas trees, no sun, or flowers for the bees. If you didn't exist, I’m sure the stars wouldn’t twinkle at night, and the moon wouldn’t shine as bright. If you didn’t exist, I couldn’t imagine being here, with no friends or pets living near. If you didn’t exist, I would feel very dark and sad inside, because I wouldn’t have you by my side. Thanks to Alan Sayer for drawing my attention to this lovely prayer by placing it on FaceBook. Written by Amelie, pupil, St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Canterbury; found in The Prayer Handbook 2019/2020. Out of the “mouths of babes and suckling's!!” (Editor)

A book that has never been out of print in more than 300 years has been adapted into a feature-length animated film. The Pilgrims Progress, an epic tale of one man on a journey from darkness into light, was released in cinemas on 25th October. The original story was penned by a tinker named John Bunyan. Bunyan converted to a non-conformist strand of Christianity in 1655 10

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And drew crowds as a lay preacher. In 1660 he was arrested for illegal preaching. Tried for skipping Church of England services and instead attending unlawful religious meetings, he was sent to Bedford’s county jail and remained there for over a decade. He spent a large part of his imprisonment writing The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegory of the Christian spiritual journey. The work describes the trials and adventures of one man, Christian, who travels from his home in the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. The new animated film, Christian (voiced by David Thorpe) begins his pilgrimage with a huge burden on his back. He meets a man named Evangelist (John Rhys-Davies), who tells him what to do and points him in the direction of the Celestial City. Along the way he has to fight temptation in the form of places, from Vanity Fair to Hill Difficulty, and people coming face to face with a great enemy. He meets characters who represent virtues and vices, including Worldly Wiseman, Hopeful, Obstinate and Prudence. Robert Fernandez, the film’s director, had wanted to animate the work for a long time. ‘Reading the book when I was younger, my imagination would be all over the place,’ he says. ’Every place Christian goes to is like another world, and then there are all the characters. In the back of my mind I’ve always had a strong desire to create it for other people. I met with my good friend and colleague Steve Cleary one evening, and we ended up talking until about 3 o’clock in the morning. 18

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Animator pictures the journey of a lifetime; cont’d Steve asked me what I would like to produce, and I immediately said The Pilgrims Progress. I explained to him why, and he said, ‘Why don’t we just do it?’ ‘The day after this late-night chat, he called me up and told me he was serious. He said he would take care of the financial aspect and asked if I would get behind the creative side. I said yes’. Work for the production got under way. Robert was to write the screenplay and play a part in creating the initial concept art with the animation team. Writing the script was a challenge , he recalls. ‘The book itself is not an easy read. It isn't something that you can sit and read in a few hours, because its deep. But we hope the film will prompt people to go back to the original work, because it is so encouraging.’ While Robert had to work on producing a script that would translate to the big screen and be easy to understand, he acknowledges that the story itself is still relevant today. ’The story is timeless because it reflects how people go through difficult journeys in life and it offers comfort and guidance. Life is full of surprises, sometimes good ones but sometimes difficult ones. We meet people who help us and we also meet opposition. The Pilgrim’s Progress is an uplifting and encouraging story. And it is a reflection of life, so it speaks to everybody.’

What Robert found striking in the narrative is that when Christian gets to the Wicket Gate, which marks the start of his journey of faith, he still has the physical burden on his back. ‘The burden doesn’t fall off straightaway,’ Robert says. ‘As much as there is a side of Christianity that tells people to come to Jesus and Answers to Crossword is on p26

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Animator pictures the journey of a lifetime; cont’d everything will be fine, it’s more comforting to know that God walks with you when you’re in sorrow, it times of total confusion and utter pain, because that’s what makes us human, that’s human experience. ‘Nobody goes through life without experiencing deep pain that at times makes you feel like you’re they only one experiencing it in that way.’ Whatever level of faith the film’s audience have, Robert hopes that the story will give them a revelation of what it is to believe in God.

‘The Pilgrim’s Progress suggests that what matters isn’t how much theology you know, but that God is a companion to us on our journeys,’ he says. ‘Anybody, whether Christian or not, wishes to have somebody next to them, holding their hand, crying with them or just holding them.’ Sarah Olowofoyeku The War Cry

Christmas News

A seven-year-old girl who wrote to Father Christmas asking for a home and food for her family is "really excited" she will get her wish after £6,000 was donated to a crowdfunding page. The Letter says:- The little girl wrote: "Dear Father Christmas. Can you help? "Can we have a home for Christmas? Mam wants us to be all together. Can you give us some food and can I have just a nice doll for Christmas? Thank you." The letter, which went viral, was left in a Christmas post-box at the L6 Community Centre in Everton, Liverpool. Councillor Gerard Woodhouse said the donations would pay for three nights at a hotel over Christmas. He said the girl was "very grateful" for the donations. 16

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