Carols for Christian Aid : 29 Nov

At Christmas we celebrate Emmanuel, the incarnation of love.

A love that never fails. A love that unites. A love that builds hope.  

Will your church join us this Christmas in a collective moment of solidarity and hope? 

On the first Sunday of Advent, 29 November, churches across the UK will join together for Carols for Christian Aid, singing ‘When out of poverty is born’ in our services and standing in hope with our neighbours near and far.  

This year we have learned that together we can face a global crisis. Now we stand in solidarity with our neighbours still facing crisis, with a love for our neighbours that builds hope.  

Find out how you can get involved.

Join churches across the UK in a collective act of solidarity and hope for our neighbours near and far. 

This year you have shown incredible kindness in the face of coronavirus. Now, as cold nights draw in, our neighbours and communities need the hope of Christmas more than ever. 

On the first Sunday of Advent, 29 November, hundreds of churches will be singing or sharing ‘When out of poverty is born’ in their services, reflecting on the hope that Christmas brings, and praying for our neighbours near and far.  

Let’s create a national act of worship showing that when crisis threatens love builds hope. And let’s reach out to our neighbours around the world still facing crisis. 

Whether your church is meeting in-person or virtually this Christmas, download resources to join in with Carols for Christian Aid including videos of ‘When out of poverty is born’ to reflect on or sing along to, ideas for worship, and tools for fundraising.

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Carols on the Doorstep : 20 Dec, AT HOME

Carols on the Doorstep

Thank you for your interest in Carols on the Doorstep in partnership with Premier Radio.

Our event is being held on Sunday 20th December at 5:30pm for about 15 minutes and we will sing about 4 carols. The carol sheet will be available from here in the next few days, we are just finalising things with the radio station so keep checking back.

The poster is available for you to download below for advertising on social media and around your community as well as an invitation which you can use to invite others on your street to join in.

We are aware there are other similar events happening in some parts of the country including doorstep carols which originated in Shropshire and these are being held on the 16th December at 6pm and is for 30 minutes. We are more than happy for people to choose which they feel works best for them and their community in terms of date and time and length. We know many areas cannot get their local radio station on board which was why we ended up partnering with Premier, we didn’t want any communities not to be able to participate.

We look forward to communities coming together on either date and having a good carol sing and bringing some joy.

Carols on the Doorstep Poster Download

Carols-on-the-Doorstep-Invitation (word format) Download

Carols-on-the-Doorstep-Invitation (pdf format) Download

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Cornwall Christmas Box

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration but for those living on the breadline, Christmas can emphasise the difficulty of their circumstances. For the past 18 years, Three Rivers Vineyard Church (previously Truro Vineyard Church) have been collecting Christmas dinner boxes to give away through Cornwall Council’s Social Services team to those in need. Jesus taught us to feed the poor and hungry, and this us trying to do that.

In 2012 we felt challenged to expand the Christmas Box appeal to the broader community, wanting to help as many people as possible. We collected just over 200 boxes in 2014, 120 in 2015, and 257 in 2016. In 2017 we had a target of 300, or 500 if you asked Heather. We thought she was being ambitious – but you all donated 540 boxes in total, so she was right!

For 2018, we collected almost 1,000 boxes, which were distributed to hundreds of families in need, across the length and breadth of Cornwall. And last year we collected a whopping 1200 boxes.  Once again, we were blown away by everyone’s generosity.  There are no words!

We are unashamedly, a Christian charity, we don’t have any preferences for where the boxes go, or where they come from.  In fact we don’t directly distribute the boxes ourselves, we rely on partners in Social Care, Food Banks and other 3rd party organisations that already have contact with people in need.  We don’t add anything to the boxes that you donate, our only aim is help feed as many hungry people as possible.

Find out more: 3 Rivers Vineyard Church

Each box contains enough food for a family of 4 – 6 to celebrate: Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding all go into the box to make up a feast for a family in need. A typical box costs around £30 but you can share the cost by getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues to fill a box together. The boxes will be distributed by Cornwall Council’s ‘Children’s Early Help, Social Care and Psychology Service’ team to families in need. Visit the website for the shopping list of items to include, collection points and more.

Christmas Box 2020 is happening!

As we reach the end of one of the craziest and most challenging years, the number of people that need help has grown exponentially.  Christmas Box HQ is going full blast again this year, and we have been blown away by Cornwall’s generosity, we really live in a beautiful place with beautiful people.  There have been some challenges to make sure that we do it as safe a way as possible for people involved. But we believe that we have to help as many people as we can again this year.

For the last couple of years, there has been such an amazing response to our Christmas Box appeal. You have been absolutely incredible at responding to the need here in Cornwall, to help feed families. We’ve gone from collecting approximately 100 boxes a few years ago to over 1200 boxes last year. This is fantastic, thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has got in touch and offered their time, their vehicles and expertise to help us this year.  You guys are amazing!

If you have any question be sure to get in touch – either by email ( or via Messenger on our Facebook page.

Thanks again

3 Rivers Vineyard Team

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The St Vincent de Paul Society, Cornwall

The Devon and Cornwall St Vincent de Paul Society is part of an international Catholic society dedicated to the relief of the poor in whatever form that poverty takes.  The Society was founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young laymen, led by Frederick Oznam (beatified in 1977) to address the needs of the poor. They took as their inspiration and Patron, the Apostle of Charity, St. Vincent who, two centuries earlier, had founded the Order of the Daughters of Charity. They set up orphanages and soup kitchens to alleviate the conditions prevalent in France at that time. The Society rapidly spread globally and today is active in 140 countries.

In Cornwall there are five SVP Conferences in Falmouth, Camborne, Truro, Bodmin and Launceston.  Some  members are over 70 but still active with charity works. The SVP is also a partner in Plymouth Diocese Caritas.

Membership is open to men and woman, young and old, of any denomination. The SVP asks only that members accept fully the Christian ethos of the Society, and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. The SVP respects religious liberty and values of all people.

Helping those most in need during the Covid-19 crisis

The SVP has always been there for people who are older, vulnerable or on the margins of society. When Covid-19 hit and the country went into lockdown, SVP volunteers and support centres sprang into action with deliveries of hot meals, emergency food parcels and essentials.

While we had to stop our befriending visits, our volunteers have offered one-to-one support over the phone to people who may be feeling more lonely or isolated than ever before.

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Contact Name
Chris Provis, President

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South West Carols : 5 & 6 Dec, ONLINE

The Biggest Festive Carols & Nativity Event in the South West

Watch LIVE here

5th & 6th December

7.00pm each night

(Repeated across the Weekend)

A Spectacular Online Festive Experience

Watch Live on this Website also on Facebook and YouTube

Join us LIVE on 5th & 6th December for a Christmas like no other

Celebrate with people all over the South West tuning in from their home for a festive online production featuring home grown talent and headline acts.

Featuring traditional carols, creative musical items, a nativity produced by children across the region, items to make you laugh out loud, interviews and stories, fun and engaging audience interaction points, and more.

Acts taking part in the event include

London Community Gospel Choir

Wildwood Kin

Joe Hardy & South West Musicians

Lucy Grimble

(more to follow)

We all know that 2020 has been an interesting year, but that doesn’t mean Christmas is cancelled! And our first ever South West Carols event will be a celebration of all the GOOD things that take place at this wonderful time of the year as we remember the reason for the season.

So, grab a cup of hot coco, dig out that that box of chocolates, get toasty by the fire and and invite all your friends for our first ever South West Carols!

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Day of Prayer for the Media : 1 Nov

As Christians in Media we’re big believers in the power of prayer, so it’s central to everything we do for and with our community.


In an era of fake news, distrust and cynicism, it’s never been more important for us to pray for the media industry, as well as those who work in and with it.

So on the Day of Prayer for the Media, we invite churches to set aside time in their meetings to pray for their local, regional and national media: to pray for those in their church community who work in, and with, media.

To help church and small group leaders, we have produced this video, together with a special Prayer Resource that can be downloaded from our Home Page. It explains why we should pray for this important sector of public life, includes some wonderful prayers from faith and media leaders across the world. Plus, some key questions for discussion in small group meetings., .

This year, mark yours and your church’s diaries for Sunday 1st November 2020, to lift up our industry in prayer, and to honour and pray for those who work in, and with, media.

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Inter Faith Week 2020 : 8-15 Nov


Inter Faith Week 2020 will take place from Sunday 8 – Sunday 15 November.

Inter Faith Week’s aims are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

Video: A webinar for inter faith organisations (local, regional and national) about preparing for Inter Faith Week 2020

Below you can watch the recording of the first in a series of webinars about planning and preparing for Inter Faith Week 2020. The webinar was held by the Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) on 29 July 2020.


  • ‘Some introductory reflections’ from Narendra Waghela, IFN Co-Chair and member of Leicester Council of Faiths
  • ‘Widening involvement – and being open to honest interaction’ by Kaneez Khan, Near Neighbours West Yorkshire
  • ‘Inter Faith Week – some practical pointers and ideas for this 2020 Week at a time of COVID-19’ by Dr David Hampshire, IFN Assistant Director
  • ‘Physical or virtual – some considerations’ by Yogesh Joshi, Watford Inter Faith Association Vice Chair
  • ‘On the virtual road – creating a successful online inter faith walk’ by Penny Faust, member and former Chair of Oxford Council of Faiths; Chair of the annual Oxford Interfaith Friendship Walk; and Co-President of Oxford Jewish Congregation 
  • ‘Voices of hope’ by The Revd Richard Martin, Chair of North Kent Inter Faith Relations Council
  • ‘Closing reflections’ from Ed Petersen, Chair of Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum
  • ‘Closing reflections’ from Dr Harriet Crabtree, IFN Executive Director 

Facilitated by Ashley Beck, Inter Faith Development Officer, IFN.

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Ability Sunday : 13 Sep

Ability Sunday invites churches across the UK to host a special day of inclusion and participation in their community, with special consideration for the needs of disabled people. We also encourage individuals to explore alternative ways to take part in Ability Sunday from home.

Livability works with churches, supporting them to be more welcoming, inclusive and enable meaningful participation of disabled people in church life. Ability Sunday is a day of reflection and celebration of everyone’s unique gifts.

Follow the links below to find out more, including how you can get involved:

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World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 Sep, Truro

Those who have been affected by suicide are invited to drop in to Truro Cathedral for a moment of quiet reflection or to light a candle in memory of someone who has died.

It is not possible this year, due to Covid-19, to hold the annual service for people affected by suicide. Instead, the Suicide Liaison Service has been invited to provide an opportunity at Truro Cathedral on World Suicide Prevention Day to invite those who are impacted by suicide to visit for a quiet moment of reflection, light a candle, or talk with a member of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Chaplaincy Team, or the Suicide Liaison Service, or a cathedral Chaplain – all who will be available at times throughout the day.
We very much look forward to seeing you on the 10th. All are welcome, of all faiths or none.

If you are not able to visit the cathedral, you can light a virtual candle in remembrance by clicking the ‘Light a Virtual Candle’ link on the homepage of the cathedral’s website:


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Cornwall: Caritas Plymouth


To express Christian love for all people through the practical service of those in need, of all faiths and none, by:

  • Increasing support to those in need
  • Increasing volunteering and befriending
  • Making a greater contribution to the common good of society
  • Enhancing education and formation within the Christian community, helping people appreciate the importance of sharing, respect, and love in the spirit of the Gospel.

The Caritas Plymouth network is a confederation of local Catholic charities and parishes. The network will provide mutual support, strategic direction, and added value. It will also develop social action projects which address local need or unite parishes for the common good of society.

Update on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Caritas Plymouth continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we help, staff and volunteers while continuing to share ideas about how we can best support those in need.

This page contains guidance for parishes on responding to the Coronavirus. This incorporates material from CSAN and SVP as well as offering details of organisations which are giving grants to local projects at this time.  We are also sharing examples of how our parishes and schools have responded to the new needs generated by the pandemic through updates and newsletters.

To contact Caritas Plymouth please use the contact form on the website
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