What to do when Christmas loses its sense of Wonder

By Alexandra Khan | 16 November 2015

Advent Wonder 2015 by Stewardship

“We’re not doing presents for adults this year,” my mother said in passing, the other day.

“Yeah, well there are so many children in the wider family it’s no wonder…”

She cut me off: “No, I mean, within our family. Just us. We’ve decided not to do it this year.”

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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. 

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Highly Appealing: 3 reasons to love your newspaper's Christmas charity appeal

By Craig Borlase | 5 December 2014

Yesterday my paper ran a piece about dogs that can sniff out cancer. They ran the same story yesterday and, most likely, it'll be back there again tomorrow. Why? Because it’s that time of year again; the moment when certain newspapers repeatedly exhort their readers to part with their cash to help improve the lives of strangers.

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Advent Wonder - 4 Free Sermon Notes for December

By Catherine Durant | 3 October 2014 | Comments (1)

Advent Wonder from Stewardship - a sermon series for churches

Four free sermons to use in your church this Advent

This year we've created a sermon series especially for church leaders to use during December. The notes are inspired by the email reflections from last year’s inaugural Advent Wonder campaign.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Alexandra Khan | 21 December 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 has been a great year of advancement and change for Stewardship. As December draws to an end, we wanted to take a moment to look at the highlights of 2012 and to thank you for journeying with us this year.

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The (home-made) Christmas Tree

By Alexandra Khan | 4 December 2012 | Comments (2)

About a week ago I reviewed my finances and realised that this Christmas is going to be very tight. It’s been a mixed year; wonderfully blessed in some areas and terrifically hard in others. C’est la vie. But Christmas is one of those events that I always long to do extravagantly, so the realisation that this year’s budget is practically non-existent was a bit of a shock.

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a white Christmas for all

By Sarah Clayton | 24 November 2012 | Comments (2)

People do Christmas differently.  I, for one, love all of the trimmings, lights and buying thoughtful presents for people I love.  But each year I’m becoming more aware of other people’s Christmasses, and how else I can be a blessing to others.

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The Christmas Tree - an advent gift from Stewardship

By Alexandra Khan | 1 December 2011

The Christmas Tree is an advent gift from Stewardship to you.

Inspired by the tale of two trees; surprise gifts for two unsuspecting families, we offer simple tales of miracles, hope and generosity.  We hope to inspire you.  To remind you of the wonder of Christmas; a celebration of generosity, of God’s greatest gift to all mankind.

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she speaks/he speaks: preparing for Christmas

By Sam Gibb | 23 November 2011 | Comments (1)

As a mother of four girls I used to look forward to Christmas the same way my mother - also of four children - did: with doom and gloom. Rather than a glorious celebration of family, feasting and fun, all I looked forward to was the endless lists to tick off, novel presents to buy for my ever-growing family and innumerable God-children. Cards, presents, food preparation, decorating the house, let alone fitting in nativity plays, Christmas concerts and church prayer evenings. When did I ever turn into such a scrooge and such a kill joy? It all had something to do with setting my sights on perfection. The perfect day, present, outfit, family gathering, the perfect meal, - oh and let’s not forget the perfect homemade Christmas card. My pursuit of perfection of course never quite happened, and each year I vowed I would start earlier, plan better, buy a bigger freezer perhaps. I had become a slave to the ‘perfect Christmas’.

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