Christmas Tree Festival to help Cumbria Flood Appeal

A Carlisle church’s bi-annual fundraising Christmas tree festival is set to benefit the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

Since 2013 St Herbert and St Stephen Church in Currock has asked different groups to sponsor and decorate their own tree, with charity collections for each one.

And this year the tree provided by the Bishop Harvey Goodwin School is to include a collection for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

The Rev’d Alun Jones, vicar of St Herbert’s and the Diocesan Urban Officer for Carlisle, said: “During the Blitz in the Second World War, people in London were living in terrible conditions but each night many would go out to try to find a dance.

“That’s the kind of spirit which is being displayed here. When terrible things happen it’s so important that people are able to glimpse a hope that things will return to normal.

“And that is why we are continuing to hold our Christmas tree festival. People need to be able to feel able to draw alongside their churches and know that Christmas is not cancelled and we are there to help them.”

As well as the Cumbria Flood Appeal, there will also be collections for other Cumbrian charities, with the trees decorated by church groups and businesses as well as the local school.

The Tree Festival runs on both weekends before Christmas. St Herbert’s will also be open in the afternoons from Wednesday 16 December to Friday 18 December as well as on Wednesday 23 December.

For more information contact the Rev’d Alun Jones on 07703 585818 or Richard Corrie, a Reader and churchwarden at St Stephen’s on 07799 705767.

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For more on the Cumbria Flood Appeal click here.  

The Diocese of Carlisle has also issued a prayer for all those affected by the Cumbria floods:

Creator God, we remember at this time all those whose homes and communities have been damaged by flooding in Cumbria.
In the name of Jesus we give thanks for the courage and dedication of the emergency services who have come to the help and rescue of all in need.
We celebrate the kindness of neighbours in caring for the most vulnerable.
Lastly, we ask in the power of your healing Spirit to rebuild not just the physical communities which are coping with many problems today but also to give us a sense of trust in your goodness through the kindnesses of one another, in Your Holy Name.
Amen


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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.