In so many of the adverts we get subjected to around this time of year, such as this one from Sainsbury's, Christmas Day is represented as this amazing family get together, around a table with the turkey and all the trimmings.
Yet for so many people I know that won't be the reality this Christmas. Couples with children who have moved away and aren't going to be with them this Christmas. People who have moved to Bracknell from other nations and who aren't going home to their families. People living alone, and couples yet to have children, who for whatever reason won't be with their wider families this Christmas. Single parents whose children will be with their ex partner, or who would just appreciate some adult company for the day as well as being with their children. For these, and for a whole host of other reasons, the reality is that for many people Christmas Day can be a tough day rather than a joyful one.
In fact I did notice that in this advert amongst all the 'traditional' family celebrations is an older man cooking his Christmas meal and then sitting down to eat it on his own - somehow I found that more moving than the whole of the rest of the advert (except for the bit at the very end!).
With all this in mind we thought it would be great to create a community event where anyone who would like a bit more company on Christmas Day could come along and enjoy a festive meal at the Kerith Centre. Lunch will be served at 1pm, but you are welcome to stay after the morning meeting (which is from 10am-11am) and have coffee and chat with others whilst dinner is cooked.
If you'd like to come along then please book your place by Sunday 15th December. You can book in by phoning reception on 01344 862699, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or getting a ticket from the Bracknell or Sandhurst reception on Sunday. We have set the cost at £5, but if that's going to be a problem please just let us know as a number of people in our community have offered to cover the cost of anyone who can't afford it. Isn't church great :)
If you'd like to be there please book in - I know that for some of us just turning up at an event like this can be quite a scary experience, but knowing the team running and some of the people who have already signed up then I can assure you that you'll have a great time. If you've got any questions then please catch me or any of the team on Sunday.