Loving our Neighbours

12 February 2019

Topics: "Christmas Bowl" fundraising

St John’s Uniting Church in Essendon – where Rev. Frank Byatt served in ministry over sixty years ago – held a Christmas Bowl Launch with a moving performance by a Croatian Choir. Many thanks to Emma Thege for this photo of Reverend Peter Gaydor-White and Act for Peace’s Helen Beeby with the choir..

Thousands of people across Australia share God’s love through the Christmas Bowl.

As a Christian, Reverend Frank Byatt believed he had a responsibility to share the joy of his Christmas with our brothers and sisters in need. That’s why, on Christmas Day in 1949, he placed a Bowl of Remembrance on his dinner table and asked his family to place a generous gift in it to “share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands.”

This year, you continued that tradition in your homes, churches, and communities – volunteering your time, organising events, taking up collections and placing bowls on your own Christmas table.

We share some of the best moments from your Christmas Bowl events.  

To celebrate over sixty years of giving through the Christmas Bowl, Kew East and Habitat Uniting Churches came together for a special Christmas Bowl service. Here, Reverend Bronwyn Daniels and Reverend Joan Wright Howie spoke of the many development programs and emergency appeals that their congregations have supported over so many years.

Have a sweet tooth? Long-term supporters Margie Dahl and Jeff baked up a storm this year, making hundreds of delicious biscuits to sell at St Margaret’s Anglican Church in support of the Christmas Bowl.

St Thomas More Catholic Church and Mount Eliza Anglican Church are part of the InterChurch Council of Mount Eliza and have been supporting the Christmas Bowl for over twenty years. Maureen and Lois continued this incredible by getting out into their local community to raise urgent funds for people in need around the world.