Global attention this week has focused on the approval of a vaccine for COVID-19 in the UK. It is early days but this seems like amazing news which could help save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Many questions have been raised about the vaccine — and not just from anti-vaxers’, conspiracy theorists or religious fundamentalists’! There are legitimate concerns and 36% of people in the UK say they are uncertain or very unlikely’ to take the vaccine. There is a lot of confusing information out there and for many people, this is the first time they are really considering the safety and ethics around the development and roll-out of vaccines. That’s why we and our friends at Both Lives Matter have organised a webinar for next week with some trusted voices to help us think ethically as Christians about the vaccine. We will be joined by Professor John Wyatt, Dr Mary Neal and Jennie Pollock from CMF. You can find out more and the webinar, and register, here.

Please do continue to use our Joy to the World resources here to help you care in simple ways for those around you and plan to share the good news of Jesus this advent and Christmas. Here are some simple ideas to get you started.

Finally good news from the NI Executive last night that Churches and places of worship will reopen as anticipated on Friday 11 December allowing for services over the Christmas period. Here is a link to our most recent update on the current restrictions and will will make sure to update you if and when any specific further guidance is issued around Christmas services etc.

Blessings from our team,