A time for looking outwards and loving others – Bishop Peter’s Christmas message

In his Christmas message this year, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells urges us to look out from our lives and to think of others.

This year’s message was filmed during a visit to the community of Southdown and Whiteway in Bath, which saw him meet the volunteers at the church’s foodbank and youth workers at the Southside Youth Hub.

He says, “Christmas is a very important time for us to be looking out. We are reminded through our news and our newspapers, from what we see amongst the lives of our communities of how there are many who are struggling, struggling to make Christmas a joyful time.

“So Christmas a time to look out and think of the world and to pray for the peace of God’s world. Christmas is the time when we open our hearts to God’s love and we let God’s love come to us so we can share that love with others.”

He also took the opportunity to invite people to church this Christmas. He says, “You’ll get a very warm welcome if you wanted to join us at one of the churches in our diocese.”

People can find details of services near them this Christmas on the Church Near You website.

View Bishop Peter’s video message below or download the full text.

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