The contents of this pack are offered as suggestions for distributing and including this year’s parish gift and prayers in your parish liturgies during the Advent/Christmas cycle.

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Overview

This is the fifth year that our 56 parishes have undertaken to distribute a Christmas gift, message and prayers to 45,000 homes across the diocese and further afield.

Olive Wood Gifts from Bethlehem

This year our REACH OUT Gift is a set of olive wood decorations from Bethlehem. These gifts demonstrate our solidarity with Christians in the Holy Land. They also serve as a call to join in a prayer for peace in the Holy Land – which unites people of different faiths and nationalities.

Church display with Peace Lamp from Taybeh

We have sourced for each church the splendid Peace Lamp produced in a parish run co-operative in the West Bank village of Taybeh. To help create a display along with the Peace Lamp in each church, a set of 4 posters and factsheets will be posted to parishes before Advent.

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