It’s that joyful time of year again, when we celebrate the son of God becoming the son of man. Christmas is upon us, a festive season of joy and gratitude, a time of peace, family and friends, and unity.

But this unity isn’t yet reflected across our nations. In fact, we’re in a time of extraordinary fragmentation and division, in the light of the EU referendum and US election, the wounds of separation and discord often run deep.

Yet, with these challenges come significant opportunities for the gospel.

So, for our Christmas appeal this year, we hope you will allow us to write to you openly and ask: could you give a gift this Christmas to help the church bring unity and hope to discord and disillusionment, sharing the true Christmas story of how God became man to bring peace to all?