At Home for Christmas
What is “At Home for Christmas?”
“At Home for Christmas?” poses a question, and provides a space. The question asks if being at home for Christmas is something we have a right to expect, especially in a crisis. The space it creates is for leaders in congregations to come during the Advent/Christmas 2020 season to find some useful help at a time of deep challenge here at home, and all over the world.
The Moderator is calling the entire church to pray over the weekend on 27-29 November 2020. As part of the “At Home for Christmas?” package of resources, you will find a special Weekend Extra edition of Let’s Pray with topics for prayer which can be used over that weekend. The Moderator has recorded a short video to launch this in congregations.
The Moderator has launched a special financial Appeal as part of this initiative – and it will help us look outwards. Our development partners (Christian Aid and Tearfund) along with direct partner churches in South Sudan, Malawi, Indonesia, Nepal, Lebanon, Syria and Romania will benefit from this. The Moderator has written to all ministers, and recorded a short video to introduce the special appeal, which includes a pack of additional information about each situation.
We have produced a suite of teaching materials suitable for use flexibly during advent, whether congregations are meeting face to face or online. This includes a series of four animations with accompanying children’s teaching materials which can be used at home with parents or in church. These could provide short input to four services in advent or (if you prefer) material for one whole service on the theme.
There are Blogs written by guest writers reflecting on the impact the current crisis has had on our churches (and other themes), and the Tides Daily Bible reading guides for 14-25 December will focus on the same theme of At Home for Christmas?