Sharing a meal is a big part of how we celebrate Christmas, and this Christmas a number of our churches put on meals for those in their communities who otherwise might not have enjoyed a Christmas dinner in company. Christchurch, Thurnby Lodge’s parish hall saw 46 people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy a Christmas dinner. Food had been donated by Tesco, Co-op Funeral Care, Aldi, Crowsons and their local Fruit & Veg shop as well as members of the church families of Christchurch & St Mary’s. Volunteers from the congregation prepared 400 brussel sprouts, 150 roast potatoes, 4 pans of mash plus 3 large turkeys. Young and old from the local community joined together, some couldn’t stay for long, one person took came for a plate to takeaway and there was even a passer-by who popped in and stayed.
Over in Oadby one of the youth groups from St Paul’s church invited the residents of the sheltered housing flats near the church to join the teenagers for a Christmas meal. The young people sent out invites, prepared and cooked and served the food, and then ate with their invited guests.
Paul Savage, Vicar of Christchurch commented that “here in the middle of life is where Christ is found, with the broken hearted, the vulnerable, the old and young joined together, people of different backgrounds and
financial means sharing food at a table.”