Celebrate Christmas with the children of the persecuted church.
Free Open Doors resources can help you remember persecuted children this Christmas
“Do not be afraid! I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
The message 'Do not be afraid' is one of the key messages of the Bible.
Certainly for persecuted Christians, the Christmas message of the angels remains crucial. Faced with anxiety and fear, they rely on God’s presence and trust the promises in the Bible.
But for us in the UK and Ireland, it's also a timely reminder. We are emerging from lockdown, but there is still much that is uncertain. Many people are fearful of the future.
With that in mind, we have designed a suite of Open Doors resources to help Christians connect with the persecuted church and to remind ourselves that if God is with us, we don’t have to be afraid.
So here's a quick run-down of the resources we have for churches – as well as some ideas about how you could use them you with your Christmas services, whatever form they take.
This free carol sheet is available through the post or as a digital download. It features well-loved carols, and stories about Christmas from persecuted children around the world.
These free cards contain seven Bible-verse prayers to help people pray for courage and peace this Christmas. They also contain a prayer from Youssif (12), a persecuted Christian boy in Iraq.
Do you know children who could ‘be an angel’ this Christmas? Angels, as we know, are messengers – and in this downloadable resource children have the chance to send a message to persecuted children in the Middle East.
You can find all these resources on our Do Not Be Afraid resource page.
How are you planning to use our Christmas resources? Do contact us to let us know your ideas and approaches. We'd love to hear from you.
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