Christmas is a time of joyous celebration as we marvel and wonder at the birth of Jesus, the saviour of the world – yet for many in our community this joyful time is tempered by need.
Ripon Cathedral is working with The Salvation Army and Ripon Community House to help collect food, gifts, toys and essential household items to be distributed to those in need this month.
On December 5 we enthrone our own child bishop, a way of celebrating St Nicholas, patron saint of children and a way of affirming the place of children in the Kingdom of God. “Making a child a bishop for the day is a fun way of illustrating how, in the Kingdom of God, the humble and meek are important and the mighty overturned,” explains Canon Ailsa Newby. “This is also a great opportunity to donate a toy for those children and young people who may otherwise go without and these will be distributed by the Salvation Army.”
The Salvation Army is requesting toys, books, games, jigsaws and festive sweets and chocolate suitable for both sexes from baby up to teens. The gifts should be new and un-wrapped, and can also be left in the Food Bank basket or brought to the cathedral for the service on Sunday December 5 at 10.30am.
Ripon Community House is collecting and distributing festive food this year and requests seasonal donations as well as long life items, nappies, baby wipes, laundry products and toiletries. These can be left in the Food Bank basket at the west door – which remains in place for donations throughout the year.