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December 2017
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Christmas – Social media outreach

More than a million people are being reached every month by Christian churches on social media, figures published by the Church of England (CofE) have suggested. A year after the CofE adopted a new digital approach, with videos, podcasts, blogs and images, including prayers, across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin, these messages are reaching an online audience of 1.2 million a month. During Christmas 2016, some 1.5 million people were reached through the Church’s #JoyToTheWorld campaign featuring short films. A further 2.5 million were reached during Lent, the season before Easter, through the #LiveLent project. However, according to the CofE’s Mission Statistics, the average Sunday...

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December 2017
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Christmas – Supporting our servicemen

Military charity ‘Walking With The Wounded’ has said it will treble the number of ex-servicemen and women it supports in 2018, following a 97 per cent increase last year to more than 1,000. In a statement, the charity said that, as Christmas approaches, more ex-service personnel than ever require support, as Christmas can be a time of financial pressure and loneliness. To help, Walking With the Wounded has targeted the city of Newcastle in particular, to help raise money for its seasonal appeal, Walking Home for Christmas. The charity hopes to raise £250,000 to help change the lives of more than 400 men and women....

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December 2017
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Christmas – Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has begun, as thousands of churches across the UK order their resources to help deliver shoebox gifts to children across the world. Samaritan’s Purse, which began the operation in 1993, has delivered present-filled shoeboxes to more than 145 million children in more than 160 countries. The boxes are handed in at collection points across the UK and then sent globally to local churches. Nick Cole, director of Operation Christmas Child UK, commented: ‘Most UK churches love to share the new life and hope of Jesus with others, but not every church has the resources to send missionaries overseas. ‘Every shoebox is a...

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December 2017
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Christmas – Two pairs of socks

Christian entrepreneur Ed Vickers has launched Jollie Socks, an initiative to support people who are homeless. The sock brand has been stocked in stores such as John Lewis, with the tag line ‘wear a pair, share a pair’. Essentially, when you buy a pair, the company donates a pair of socks to your favourite homeless charity. Mr Vickers, who founded his firm Jollie Goods in 2012, got the idea when he was a student in Exeter and feeling a burden to help the homeless. Now 26, his London-based firm also runs a referral-based apprenticeship programme, to give those affected by homelessness the chance to transition...

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