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14 November 2022

Could you share words of peace this Christmas?

Share the peace of Christ this year with new resources from Open Doors – including a carol service sheet, videos, and an extra-large Christmas card for your church to send to persecuted Christians in Colombia.


Christmas resources

This year's Christmas resources from Open Doors includes a service sheet featuring carols and readings as well as letters from children of the persecuted church

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” (Luke 2:14)

Peace on earth is one of the most joyful messages of Christmas. And this year, with all the warfare and the turmoil, it feels like a message we need more than ever. 

That's why our new Christmas resources are all about how we can share words of peace. 

As usual, we have a free Christmas Carol Service Sheet – perfect for your church services or to take out carol singing. The sheet features Bible readings, prayers and messages from children in Egypt, Syria, Colombia and North Africa. 

But this year we are inviting you to go bigger. Literally.

Send a giant Christmas card

Sending letters – and Christmas cards – is a great way to share peace with one another, and many of you regularly encourage our persecuted church family through our letter-writing campaigns. 

This Christmas, we’d like your whole church to write words of peace on one super-sized, fold-out Christmas card, big enough for all your church to sign. All you have to do is invite people to write a message on the card, then return it to us and we will forward your messages of peace to persecuted Christians in Colombia. 

Extra large card
With this fold-out card, your whole church can send messages of hope and peace to persecuted Christians in Colombia

To thank people for signing, there are also giveaway cards for people to take away from the service to remind them of the peace of God. 

Meet Valentina and Mimi

To accompany this, we have videos telling the stories of two girls who know all about conflict and loss at Christmas. 

Valentina in Colombia cannot live at home because of the danger. So she lives in the Open Doors Children's Centre in Colombia. Mimi in Iraq knows what it means to have to leave their home because of the threat of violence. We have a heartwarming video showing the two girls exchanging letters of encouragement and hope. 

Share words of peace 

So, please share words of peace this Christmas – both with your church and with persecuted Christians around the world.

True peace is more than just the absence of conflict and pain: it’s the presence of Jesus. And that, of course, is what Christmas is all about.


Words of peace
 
  • Use the carol service sheets and the video to introduce people to the theme of peace
  • Invite your church to write a message on the card
  • Give people a ‘thank you’ postcard and send your card back to us!

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  • Every £59 could mean a child of a persecuted church leader gets a month of shelter and protection at the Colombia Children's Centre.

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