It’s that time of year again, time to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and God’s peace and blessing on you and your loved ones as one year closes and another begins.
Of course, most of us will look forward to spending Christmas with family and closest friends, but Christmas gives us all a great reason to join with festive activities and events in the wider local community. The Waterfront Churches extend all our readers a warm welcome to our Christmas services, which start on 16th December. There are services specially for children and families (like Festive Family Fun at Holy Trinity 10:30am on Sunday 16th December and Christingle at St Helen’s 4pm Sunday 23rd December) and there are services of a more traditional kind (Lessons and Carols at Holy Trinity 4pm Sunday 16th December and midnight communion at Holy Trinity 11:30pm on Christmas Eve) There’s even a brand new open air carol service at the Bowls Club opposite the Cliff Lane shops at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve, a real community collaboration, complete with brass band and Santa. Come along – it’s open air and open to all!
But what about giving back at Christmas? At this time of year many people like to make a charitable donation, to help those less fortunate than ourselves. There are lots of worthwhile causes and charities Waterfront Life readers may have chosen to support. But if you still haven’t made up your mind, may I suggest two local charities helping people in Ipswich who’ve fallen on hard times?
FIND (Families In Need), who provide emergency aid (food and household items) to people caught in the poverty trap. Details of how to give to FIND are available on their website: findipswich.org.uk/support-us or call 01473 833351. Then there’s Selig (Suffolk) Trust who run the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, helping people currently homeless into sheltered accommodation and positive life choices. More details about the charity and how to donate are available on their website at selig.org.uk/donate/
The impact? Well FIND have helped 3,000 people so far this year while Selig have helped 6 people into accommodation since October. Your donation could make a real difference. Merry Christmas, everyone!