News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Credit: Diocese of Llandaff
christmas bags.JPG
Credit: Diocese of Llandaff
UK News

Welsh parish delivers Christmas "bags of joy" to lonely and isolated

A church parish in south Wales has delivered 90 bags of Christmas joy to people in the community who are lonely or isolated. Aberdare Parish in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, enlisted the help of local volunteers to pack bags full of filled Christmas stockings, decorations, Christmas cards and festive treats like iced cookies and chocolates. Other items such as tea, coffee, tissues and hand sanitiser were also included in the bundles. 

Those involved in the giveaway hope that the small gesture will bring a measure of hope to those who are struggling through what has been an exceptionally difficult year. 

“We need people to know now more than ever that God’s love surrounds us all," said Angela Clarke, a parish volunteer. “It’s important that Christmas doesn’t feel cancelled this year. We don’t want anybody feeling lonely or isolated which is why we have distributed 90 bags of Christmas goodies and gifts to those who need it most.

“We pray and hope that when they do open these bags of joy they’ll realise they are loved and that they are cared for. We hope the little treats and presents inside bring a smile to their faces this Christmas time.”

 

Fr Richard Green, Parish Vicar, added: “The parish would normally host Company at Christmas where those who are alone at Christmas are invited to the church hall for Christmas dinner, fun and games and most importantly good company.

“Because of Covid this wasn’t possible so we came up with another way of sharing the love and joy of Christmas with those who may otherwise be alone. Churches are well placed in the community to offer support and comfort to the most vulnerable and Covid has seen that need increase. We’ll always be here for our community – comfort and joy aren’t just for Christmas.”

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate