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Churches across Surrey and Hampshire offer hope to those expecting a ‘Blue Christmas’

Date: 29 November 2018

Old lady alone at ChristmasChurches across the Diocese of Guildford are offering a number of special services and Christmas lunches aimed at anyone who may be alone or in need of support this December.

All Saint’s Church, Little Bookham has planned a ‘Blue Christmas’ service on 20 December to offer space and hope to those who aren’t looking forward to Christmas this year, be it because of bereavement, illness, estrangement or just worry. It offers a space to reflect, recall and regroup, even for those who are just feeling overwhelmed by the busyness the festive season tends to bring.

Footsteps drop-in centre is open on Christmas Day in Haydon Place, Guildford town centre to help homeless and needy people in and around Guildford. Doors open for soft drinks and mince pies from 10:30am and a meal will be served at 12:30pm, closing at 3pm. Footsteps is run solely with the help of volunteers who all give their time free of charge. New volunteers and gifts of food and funding are always welcome.

Jo Cookes, Director of Communities Engagement, says:

“It is fantastic that our churches are opening their doors in the run up to, and over, the Christmas period to bring fellowship to those who find themselves alone. Although a period of such joy, for some it is more difficult and so to know that every year the list of activities on offer gets longer, it is reassuring to know that there is somewhere people can go and feel welcomed".

See a full list of Christmas outreach events.

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