Christmas Lunch on Jesus

By Charlie Osewalt | 12 December 2014

Christmas lunch on Jesus

His love, delivered

Christmas is a time for families, festivities and feasting. A time of indulgence and celebration.  But for more and more families in the UK this is not the case. 

The Trussell Trust reports that over 10,000 people will use food banks or other charity services this Christmas; a number that has doubled from last year. That is why Christmas Lunch on Jesus was born.

People asked Jesus why he praised them for serving and feeding Him;

‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)

So eight years ago, to meet an obvious need in the community, London-based church Jesus House began Christmas Lunch on Jesus. Last year 300 people delivered over 1000 hampers.

How is His love delivered?

Each hamper contains a family sized turkey with all the trimmings, a Christmas pudding and a host of other goodies. Hampers get delivered to the homes of recipients by congregation members from the nearest participating church. Deliveries are made in groups of two or three.

Some home owners have no idea that they are receiving a blessing. Here Ojay, a volunteer from Jesus House, tells his story:

“I have been doing these hamper lunch runs for four years. One Christmas I wanted to give back, like the love of Jesus entering our world at this time. I couldn’t give money but I could give in other ways. That is what the church is out there for; to help, regardless of race, status or religion.

Last year I delivered in the Brent Cross area, in North London. People on my team used their own cars to deliver the hampers and we also had a shuttle bus the church gave us.

We went to one house and the children… they were jumping up and down and saying: Mum we are going to have Christmas. Mum we can eat now!

Their Mum had recently lost her job and a friend, a neighbour had registered her. She said ‘I can’t believe the church remembered me… tell me about your church. I want to belong to something bigger.’

People need to feel loved no matter what they are going through. Christmas dinners provide that. They need to know someone sees them.”


This year the hampers will be delivered to homes over two days from 11.00am-2.00pm starting on 19 December 2014.

To find out more about Christmas Lunch on Jesus or to make a donation, visit www.christmaslunchonjesus.com.


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Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt

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