Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Advent at St Botolph's

We are now in Advent, the season of preparation as we await the coming of Christ at Christmas. Our theme for the season is 'Advent Journeys: Refugees on the Road' - we think of all those throughout the world who are refugees or exiles from persecution or tyranny, and remember that the Holy Family were also refugees after the birth of Jesus.
Our charitable donations during Advent, and at many Christmas carol services, support this theme by including as one object the work of Christians in Istanbul who provide a hostel and other essential help and legal support for refugees passing through the city. The other selected charity is ABCD Bethlehem, a UK charity working in partnership with organisations supporting disabled children in Palestine and Gaza. Please give as generously as you are able, and if you are a UK taxpayer please complete a Gift Aid envelope so that we can claim a further 25% for the charities on top of your donation. Outside service times, donations may be placed in the alms boxes in the church or handed in to the church office.