I’ve just been busy giving out free mince pies and offering free Christmas card making too, chilled. Not just in the temperature but in the approach…
We asked Asda if we could do something for the community and this small gesture in Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham went down well. Really well.
I only had two volunteers throughout the morning, yet between us we managed to share with people something of the gift of Jesus, and our free gifts were a simple reminder of this outrageous ultimate one at that first Christmas.
I did not meet one person out of the hundreds who responded to this news in any negative way. On the contrary, people seemed to go out of their way to express their thanks for the reminder of what Christmas was truly all about. Somehow it seemed fitting to stand with a small humble stall with a tray of mince pies offered for free, outside a massive supermarket with all the bling, gifts and shopping.
Our small offering seemed as a drop in the ocean of all the commercialism. Yet as I did this for a few hours today a thought came to me, what if every church in the UK was brazen enough to offer a small reminder of grace poured out, what could happen? What impact upon the people of this nation, upon our friends and family, could we make if we were willing to show and tell something of the Christmas story?