If you're homeless then the approach of Christmas might not be something to get excited about. And yet here at CCM we won't be ignoring the season of Advent, because it comes with a message of hope which can transform lives. So as staff and volunteers work together to be light in the darkness, will you play your part as one of our prayer support team?
We've assembled a CCM Advent Calendar to help you. It's an outline to enable you to pray each day through December. Just as the good news came first to those outside looking after the sheep, so we ask God that he will become known on the streets of Bristol.
"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness a light will shine." (Isa. 9:2)
Dark and cold on the outside, without hope on the inside. As we start Advent, please pray for those without homes who make our premises their temporary shelter.
Sat Dec 1st – While Bristol is out shopping pray for those chance encounters with those for whom the street has become their home.
Sun Dec 2nd – Advent Sunday. Let's look forward to His coming and pray that our clients will be amongst those who will see His return.
Mon Dec 3rd – Thank God for all the gifts being donated by Bristolians this year. Remember those who regularly visit Carpenter House bearing gifts.
Tues Dec 4th – Pray for those in alcoholic addiction who make use of the Wet Clinic medical services on a Tuesday.
Wed Dec 5th – Please pray wisdom for our Trustees as they keep looking, if not for a star, for God's guidance for this ministry.
Thurs Dec 6th – Bristol in action – rejoice with our 450+ volunteers who have found satisfaction in serving others.
Fri Dec 7th – Give thanks for "My Time" which is the regular Friday meeting point for the women who we get to know via the Spring of Hope.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matt. 1:23)
The impossible becomes the possible. Dare to pray for miraculous healing and transformation for every service user we help.
Sat Dec 8th – It's a day off for staff. Pray for rest and refreshment before another week begins. See them here.
Sun Dec 9th – Pray for the women who have discovered a place of their own at the Spring of Hope.
Mon Dec 10th – Pray that amongst the busyness something of the Christmas Spirit will take hold in the Wild Goose.
Tues Dec 11th – Remember those who must use our four food bank outlets this week. May they find the love of Jesus in this season.
Wed Dec 12th – Pray for Esther and her team as they engage with service users facing a bleak Christmas.
Thurs Dec 13th – As always the offices above the Goose will be busy. Please remember the staff keeping the wheels turning.
Fri Dec 14th – Members of the Life Recovery Group will be meeting tonight. Pray that they will find hope as they share their struggles.
Week 3 – Christmas Eve
"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called – Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end." (Isa. 9:6)
Prayers are especially valued at this time as many find it really hard. Hospitality is so important. Some clients will spend time together with friends if they have lost touch with their family.
Sat Dec 15th – Thank God for the way in which the churches of Bristol are working together to tackle the issues surrounding homelessness.
Sun Dec 16th – This Sunday there will be carol services in churches across the city. At some there will be collections for CCM.
Mon Dec 17th – Foodbanks will be busy this week. Pray especially for families with children. Pray that there will be sufficient food for everyone.
Tues Dec 18th – Pray for our volunteers who serve in these days leading up to the festival.
Wed Dec 19th – Thank God for all those we have got to know who will spend this Christmas in a place of their own for the first time in years.
Thur Dec 20th – A difficult time for those who are separated from their children. Pray that contact is not lost.
Friday Dec 21st – Life Recovery Groups are having their Christmas Party today.
Sat Dec 22nd – The foodbank and the Life Recovery office are now closed until the new year. Pray for staff who now can take a well earned rest. Pray also for protection for our buildings; that angels will watch over them whilst they remain empty.
Sun Dec 23rd – This could be a long day. Pray that people out doing their last minute shopping may not be too busy to notice those living on the street.
Mon Christmas Eve – The Wild Goose will close for Christmas at 12pm, but Caring at Christmas will open its doors at 3pm. The Spring of Hope will also be open tonight and all through Christmas.
"The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them." (Luke 2:20)
On Jan 1st the Churches Winter Night Shelter will be opening. This year it will be remain open for 13 weeks. Click here for more information.