Advent Day 22: Share The Gift

For the 22nd day of Advent, Very Rev Albert Bogle invites everyone to watch his short film: Share The Gift. The film, which is set just before Christmas, was created to show that it is some of the most vulnerable people in society – for example, young migrants, asylum seekers and the homeless – who are often the most generous.

Four people sitting on a bench outside a maternity ward, two of whom are pregnant women
Set outside a maternity ward just before Christmas, Very Rev Albert Bogle is a 21st imagining of a shepherd; someone on the fringes of society, looking on at a series of modern day struggling Mary and Josephs.

Very Rev Albert Bogle, a pioneer minister within Falkirk Presbytery who runs the online worshipping community Sanctuary First, said:

“Sanctuary First understands Christmas to be the story of a generous God who becomes vulnerable, breaking into a chaotic and difficult world with a message of hope and love.

“The Nativity is a very human story of life breaking into difficult circumstances.

“The film urges us to follow God’s example and share the gift of faith, hope and love with one another.”

Set outside a maternity ward just before Christmas, Very Rev Albert Bogle is a 21st imagining of a shepherd; someone on the fringes of society, looking on at a series of modern day struggling Mary and Josephs.

The cast of characters, played by people from as far and wide as Scotland, England, Sweden, Germany, Canada and Iran, includes: Mary-Kate and Joe, who are at risk of becoming homeless; Maria, who is facing Christmas as a single mother with English as her second language; and YĆ«suf and Miriam, who are refugees struggling to make ends meet.

Watch Share The Gift

The film was made in collaboration with Sanctus Media.

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