I know there are so many really good causes we are asked to support, but for the second year in a row, myself personally and the Church of Scotland are getting behind Social Bite and their events – "Sleep in the Park" and "The Wee Sleep Out", to build a collaborative movement to eradicate homelessness altogether in Scotland. And we would love for you to join us!
Sleep in the Park – Saturday December 8th 2018
I know how little I am looking forward to spending, what could potentially be a freezing cold night out in the open – and that is just the one night. I cannot imagine how people who have to do it night after night after night, must feel or how they cope with it.
If you want to help warm my spirits on December 8th then please join me in Princes Street gardens, or pop along to the other venues in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen and help to raise funds and even more importantly, awareness of the plight of homeless people.
It will be an amazing event with musical performances from Amy Macdonald, KT Tunstall, Lulu, Eddi Reader and many more. But after the performances we will all be bedding down under the stars to raise money to tackle homelessness. You can sign up as a team from your congregation and join me on the night. You can sign up your team at: www.sleepinthepark.co.uk. I have also attached the booklet.
Wee Sleep Out – Friday November 9th 2018
For those aged 8 - 16 years old, it may be that your local schools or youth organisations might want to take part. If so then rather than participating in the main events, they could hold a "Wee Sleep Out" which is geared to youngsters and again centres on raising awareness as well as funds.
For more details please see www.weesleepout.co.uk. I have also attached the booklet.
It was the dream of two young people wanting to make a difference to life in our land, that gave birth to Social Bite. Still only in their 20's that dream has not faded. At a time of year when we are about to celebrate a Love that gives birth to Hope, let's dare to share it, by caring for those who find themselves down on their luck and left out in the cold.
Thank you for reading.
Sending you wishes for a warm and blessed Christmas when it comes, along with prayers for a world where all might know they are loved.