Members of our Children's and Youth Councils headed to Worcester last Saturday to spread some Christmas cheer at the start of Advent.

giving out chocolateIn small groups, the young people aged from 8 to 14 offered to pay for the parking of shoppers in the city centre and were also handing out free chocolate. In all they gave away 600 chocolates and paid for £30 worth of parking.

Children’s Officer for the Diocese of Worcester, Emma Pettifer, said: “The children really wanted to give something back to the local community and spread a bit of joy at the start of the Christmas season. It’s a great way to give without expecting anything in return and we had a brilliant positive reaction from the majority of people we met!”

Members of Children's Council in Worcester high street

The children taking part came from churches across the Diocese. They said: “It was difficult to hand out the chocolate to people, especially when we were ignored or people just walked away. However, most people were really lovely and it was great to see the smiles on their faces. We’d definitely do it again…although perhaps when it’s a bit warmer!”

Along with the chocolate, the young people were also handing out bookmarks which included a Christmas message. 

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