How did the Christmas Bowl Appeal begin?
As a Christian, Rev Frank Byatt believed he had a responsibility to share the joy of his Christmas with our brothers and sisters in urgent need.
That’s why on Christmas Day in 1949, he put a Bowl of Remembrance on the dinner table and asked his family to place a generous gift in it to ‘share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands.’
Today, tens of thousands of us now follow Frank’s example; sharing God’s love with our brothers and sisters in urgent need around the world, through our gifts to the Christmas Bowl.
Over the past 70 years, we have seen that real change is possible and we will continue to respond as the church across Australia and commit to loving our neighbours around the world.
In June 2019, the number of people displaced worldwide by conflict or persecution reached over 70 million – more than any time since records began. But, through the Christmas Bowl, we are actively responding to this injustice.
In a world that is becoming increasingly divided, and where much of our response to the refugee crisis seems to come from fear, not faith, our action through the Christmas Bowl is a powerful demonstration of our unity in Christ.
In 2018, 1,300 churches celebrated the Christmas Bowl by bringing much needed shelter and medical care to Rohingya refugees, as well as essential support to other communities affected by conflict and disaster around the globe.
Every year in December Trinity North Uniting Church encourages our church community to give to the Christmas Bowl Appeal. Every year we are reminded we have so much to be grateful for and we can give more.
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