What is the Christmas Bowl?

Karen McGrath/Act for Peace Act for Peace -  Christmas Bowl 2016 - Fight hunger and help refugees

In June 2019, the number of people displaced worldwide by conflict or persecution reached over 70 million – more than any time since records began. But, through the Christmas Bowl, we are actively responding to this injustice.

In a world that is becoming increasingly divided, and where much of our response to the refugee crisis seems to come from fear, not faith, our action through the Christmas Bowl is a powerful demonstration of our unity in Christ.

In 2018, 1,300 churches celebrated the Christmas Bowl by bringing much needed shelter and medical care to Rohingya refugees, as well as essential support to other communities affected by conflict and disaster around the globe. 

Mark your diaries

The Christmas Bowl is held in churches across Australia from Christ the King Sunday to the first Sunday after Christmas. Some churches choose to celebrate the Christmas Bowl for each of the seven weeks, while others select one Sunday to take part. Whichever you choose, the Christmas Bowl remains a powerful demonstration of our unity in Christ. 

What’s included?

In October, each church will receive a Christmas Bowl kit which includes everything you’ll need to run the Christmas Bowl in your own church, including sermon starts and liturgy, giving envelopes, videos, powerpoint presentations and more. The resources will enable your congregation to get to know the people and local partners that they will be supporting. 

Please note that all Christmas Bowl resources are printed on FSC certified and 100 percent recycled paper.

Register your Interest


The Christmas Bowl is an ecumenical appeal bringing together the 18 member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia:

  • Anglican Church
  • Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Assyrian Church of the East
  • Chinese Methodist Church
  • Churches of Christ
  • Congregational Federation
  • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Indian Orthodox Church
  • Lutheran Church
  • Mar Thoma Church
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Romanian Orthodox Church
  • The Salvation Army
  • Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Uniting Church


Churches sharing God's love through the Christmas Bowl in 2019