Bishop of Chichester's Christmas message
The challenge of reaching out to the stranger in our midst is at the heart of the Bishop of Chichester's Christmas message which is released today.
Dr Martin Warner, in a video message posted on the diocesan You Tube channel, urges local communities across Sussex to "be mindful of those who have left their families behind because they were no longer able to live in the place they called home."
The Bishop said that the working out of the reality of God "living amongst us" is a challenge recognised by people of many different faiths.
"We talk about [Jesus] living amongst us and we refer to him finding a shelter. This surely brings to mind the dismantling of the temporary shelters in Calais and the many young people badly affected by having nowhere to be," explains Dr Warner.
He added: "I hope that in the year ahead, we can find it in our hearts to ensure that.....those who are most vulnerable will find a home with us."
The video can be watched here:
Please download the link and share with your church congregations.