Christmas season welcomed with song
CHRISTMAS Bowl will be launched by the Coffs Harbour Council of Churches with a carol service at St Johns Anglican Church on Friday.
The Christmas Bowl tradition began in Victoria on Christmas Day 1949.
The Rev. Frank Byatt placed a simple bowl on the table and asked his dinner guests if they would like to contribute towards the cost of a meal for World War II refugees from Europe who were living in Australia. They did and thankfully this ritual continues.
Today 2000 churches from 19 denominations come together at Christmas to honour the tradition and help some of the world's most vulnerable people.
Contributions are distributed through Act for Peace, a worldwide charitable organisation.
Over the past 66 years donations to the Christmas Bowl has helped to provide food and shelter, medicine, education and security to around 1.5 million individuals and families affected by conflict and disaster in various countries around the world.
The emphasis at this year's launch in Coffs Harbour will be helping Vanuatu with its recovery from the devastation of Cyclone Pam and in Afghanistan, assisting young girls with their education.
Leading the singing will be the Coffs City Choir and music groups from churches in and around Coffs Harbour.
Accompanying the singers will be the Coffs Harbour Regional Brass Band who will commence playing carols from 6.30 pm.
All are invited to join in the singing of traditional and contemporary carols and together, share in the true spirit of Christmas at St Johns Anglican Church, Friday at 7pm.