Light in the Darkness
Christmas 2020 will hold different memories for each of us. But at the Scottish Bible Society, it will be remembered for the incredible impact of the nearly 55,000 Advent resources that were distributed across the country.
The story of Advent 2020 is a wonderful example of gospel partnerships. It is the story of individuals, families, churches, and youth organisations taking the gospel out into 239 villages, towns and cities across the nation. From Eyemouth to Stranraer, Kinlochbervie, Thurso and Wick as well as across our islands, an incredible 21,000 Christmas Windows packs, 19,500 Advent Readers, and 14,000 Christmas Gospels were distributed.
Impacting Communities Across Scotland
Our Christmas Windows campaign launched with a question to our supporters: “What if every street in your parish or church community had one window that displayed the story of the first Christmas?”
Churches across Scotland took this to heart. One of these churches was Montrose Old and St Andrews Church who distributed 500 bags with Christmas Windows packs and an Advent Reader. Aileen Scott, who was part of the team organising this huge task reflected: “We had been agonising over what to do for our congregational outreach this Christmas, and your packs were just the perfect answer to prayer!”
Eyemouth was another town that saw a huge distribution, delivering 1400 Christmas Gospels and 500 Christmas Windows packs. Ruairidh MacRae of Eyemouth United Congregational Church commented,
“As the Eyemouth congregations of Churches Together in East Berwickshire we wanted to mark Christmas 2020 and communicate with every home in the community. We had cards printed and put [Scottish Bible Society’s] Christmas Gift Gospels in One thing that was exciting is that every church joined in. We were moved by the number of people who contacted us to say how much they appreciated the card and Gospel. Our prayer is that many read God’s Word, hear His voice and respond in faith.