On Saturday, 1 December, the diocesan Children’s and Youth Councils will be in Worcester city centre offering to pay for car parking and giving out sweets to shoppers.

Children’s Officer, Emma Pettifer, said: “We’ve done something similar before and it’s always a great way to start the Christmas season. It’s an opportunity to give something back to the people of Worcester and for our young people to have an experience of giving while not expecting anything back in return.

“However, it can be quite a challenging activity. People don’t understand why we’d want to pay for their parking and they definitely don’t like taking sweets from children! It’s good for us to persevere though as it’s a great way to spread a bit of Christmas cheer at the start of Advent.”