Christmas

Volunteers Liz and Scott White collect gifts

Salvation Army in Glasgow pays tribute to volunteers helping meet a need at Christmas

The Salvation Army in Glasgow has this week paid tribute to the volunteers who have been giving up their free time to help the most vulnerable in society. As the country gets ready to wind down for Christmas, the Salvation Army is mobilising its recruits to support thousands of people across the city. Through its […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia’s Christmas message

Each year, as we journey towards the end of December, we experience the very human realisation that another year of our life has passed, and we look back with a mixture of emotions at the 12 months just gone. 2016 has been a year of dramatic change in national and world affairs, and for many […]

Methodist seasonal message: 'An unpromising Christmas'

Methodist seasonal message: ‘An unpromising Christmas’

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about the Nativity, Syria and unpromising situations in this year’s Christmas Message. The shabby collection of rooms was perched on the edge of a steep hill above Amman in Jordan. We were visiting a family of Syrian […]

Churches sharing services online this Christmas

Churches sharing services online this Christmas

A growing number of churches are using new technology to share their services online this Christmas. With storms threatening to disrupt travel arrangements across the country there’s been growing interest in steps congregations are taking to provide for members who may find it difficult to attend. However, streaming services live on the internet is becoming […]

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr

Church of Scotland Moderator’s Christmas message

The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr says, in a troubled world, Christmas shows God’s grace and mercy will not be defeated. Christmas is a time of enormous contrasts. There are the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets – and there are the sights and sounds of people sleeping rough in shop doorways. With gifts […]

Evangelical Alliance: Jesus and giving at the heart of Christmas

Evangelical Christians give generously of their time and money at Christmas. New research released by the Evangelical Alliance shows that nine out of 10 evangelicals they surveyed will either volunteer or give money this Christmas. In a survey of more than 800 evangelical Christians, the findings demonstrate that good will is not in short supply […]

Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Christmas Letter

A Christmas letter to churches around the world from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Word made flesh who by the action of God and the obedience of His blessed Mother, the God bearer, came to dwell among us, Emmanuel. In November, I visited Pakistan to express solidarity […]

Gary Bushell

BBC ‘couldn’t subvert the Yuletide message more if they were funded by Islamic State’

Ahh, Christmas – a time of joy and laughter, love and hope, writes Gary Bushell. A time for family, forgiveness and fond memories everywhere … Except on EastEnders, of course, where seasonal glad tidings for the Carter kids amounted to: grandad’s dying, nan’s got dementia and mum’s been raped by your cousin (who’s really your […]

New Scots survey: 'Christmas has lost its true meaning'

New Scots survey: ‘Christmas has lost its true meaning’

Over three out of four Scots believe Christmas has lost its true meaning according to a new study released by Scottish aid charity SCIAF to mark the launch of its Christmas Real Gifts appeal to help people in developing countries. From 1,009 people surveyed, 76% agreed that the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the […]

Video: Christmas Day at Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army 2013

Video: Christmas Day at Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army 2013

The Salvation Army at Edinburgh Gorgie once again cooked and served Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise have been on their own on Christmas Day.

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