THE CEO of The Children’s Society is urging people to come together for a virtual Christingle Service and donate to the charity if they could.
The first ever online national Christingle service with special guests and a joyful order of service will take place this Sunday, December 13.
In a letter to the Observer, Mark Russell said: “Little did we know at the time that 2020 was going to see a challenge unlike any other experienced before.
“Coronavirus has impacted on all our lives.
“A collective grief has spread across the nation, for lives lost and moments missed, but we have also seen kindness and unity like we have never seen before, with communities coming together, unsung heroes across all regions and from all walks of life rising up to meet challenges head on.”
He added those were the 2020 moments which would stand out for him and that, though things may be different, hope remained.
Last year, thousands of people attended 67 Christingle services across Coventry Diocese, raising cash for the society which helps vulnerable children and young people.
It provides them with direct support when they need it most, whether because of abuse, neglect, mental health issues, poverty, refugees or missing from home or care.
Mr Russell added: “Together we can keep the joy of Christmas alive.
“We can keep the light burning bright as we fight for hope for children and young people.
“Please join us and share the light of Christingle and see in a year that we hope will bring resolution and calm to our lives.
“I wish all your readers a peaceful Christmas and a brighter 2021.”
Visit christingle.org/attend to view the service.