Our First Tree as we Reflect on UK Poverty
Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 7:25PM
So our Christmas campaign has been launched and we are delighted to already have some requests for Christmas Tree packs, for exhibition in a city/town centre as well as in Christmas Tree festivals in churches. There are also requests to have an Acts 435 tree even though there is no festival as such – but just a way to raise awareness over the Christmas period. We also got some local media coverage today too and a nice photo of our first Acts 435 tree … in my lounge, decorated by my 5 year old son Jonathan and his best friend and older brother and sister.
It was interesting to see how conversations about those in poverty arose as we cut out baubles. Jonathan commented on one of the baubles ‘Help! Not enough work coming in’ and asked what that meant. It gave me an opportunity to explain how some people are self-employed and that sometimes there is not enough work and that means no money coming in to buy food and pay bills.
10 year old Harry commented that none of the baubles were very seasonal! This allowed me to explain how some people at Christmas can’t think of the nice seasonal things like mince pies and presents and carol services. They are too busy wondering where they will get enough food from to feed their family or have the heating on, or replace the broken bed or fix the cooker.
As we cut out all the baubles there was plenty of time for us all (adults included!) to reflect on what those baubles said and what that means – to us and to many in the UK today and indeed all over the world. This verse from the Bible sums it up well for me “To him who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48) and is why we are encouraging people who do have resources this Christmas to give #anothergift to those who do not.
See here to find out how you can decorate an Acts 435 tree.