Donate money in the bowl

By Shepparton News

The festive season is approaching and with it comes a timely reminder to think of those less fortunate.

From Sunday until Christmas Day, people can donate to the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl at the Shepparton Uniting Church.

The money is sent to refugees who have escaped war, conflict or natural disasters.

Reverend Rosalie Rayment-Hewitt said too often at Christmas we only thought about "giving" to our family and friends.

“For me, it's about what we're celebrating at Christmas; Jesus came for the sake of others and the world,” she said.

“I think a lot of what happens at Christmas time people give to family and friends something they want. That's nice because it's a happy, feel-good time.

“But ultimately it doesn't go very far, but giving through something like this actually transforms and changes communities and lives.

“It also saves lives, because you could be providing food where there isn't food or basic health and medical care.

“For me, it's a much truer expression of what we're actually celebrating.”

Rev Rayment-Hewitt said the Christmas Bowl tradition dated back as far as World War II.

The Act for Peace 2019 Christmas Bowl is a combination of 1300 churches across Australia from 15 different denominations.

To make a donation, you can attend the Shepparton Uniting Church Sunday services or pop in on the corner of Fryers and Corio Sts, Shepparton.

Uniting churches in Nathalia, Numurkah and Violet Town are also taking part in the Christmas Bowl.