As we gather to celebrate the birth of hope and love, I extend my deepest gratitude to all the volunteers who have selflessly dedicated their time and efforts throughout the year, bringing light and warmth to those most in need.
In this season of giving, let us remember those on the periphery, those often overlooked and marginalised, echoing the very circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus, who came into the world, shining a beacon of hope for all.
May our hearts be filled with the same compassion and empathy shown by the shepherds and wise men who sought and found the newborn King. Let us offer a prayer for those most in need throughout Essex and East London. May the story of the Nativity inspire us to reach out with kindness, to share with generosity, and to embrace with open arms.
Wishing you a blessed and joyous time; filled with love, unity, and the spirit of giving.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From Siân Thomas-Cullinan
Director of Caritas, Diocese of Brentwood