… is Pact’s campaign to support prisoners to give a Christmas gift to their child,
Parishes and schools are invited to get involved in the campaign
Operation Elf Supporter Information:
Thank you for being part of the Operation Elf Campaign 2021. We are grateful for your efforts to share a little joy and hope with prisoners and their children this Christmas.
Do we know you?
Make sure we at Pact know that you are doing Operation Elf this year. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you need to do?
While doing your Christmas shopping, buy an extra gift cards with a £10 value only please. Want to donate more? Buy multiples of £10 cards. E.g. To donate £30, buy three separate £10 gift cards
Want to donate less? Club together with friends to buy a £10 gift card.
Send all the £10 gift cards to us at Pact
Then we’ll make sure that:
A prisoner can give the gift card(s) to their child so they can go on a lovely shopping trip and enjoy buying something they want.
What kind of Gift card to buy?
Choose one that gives lots of options to a child. Some may want to buy chocolate, others popular toiletries, a book or toy, or they may like to put it towards a new jacket.
A good choice is a One4All gift card which you can buy at the Post Office or online- this can be used in lots of shops. Otherwise choose department store gift cards e.g. Boots, M&S.
Please buy actual gift cards and not e-cards or e-vouchers as these are too difficult to distribute.
How can supporters feel connected with the families they are helping?
Invite supporters to head to our website and write a message of support to families who have someone in prison at this tough time: Pledge your support for Operation Elf | Prison Advice and Care Trust
Where to send the gift cards?
Please make sure gift cards arrive with us by 30th November 2021 to allow our Christmas Elves to share them with mums and dads in prison, for their children.
Collect them up and send them to us here:
29 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UA
ADVENT TALKS 2021
P I L G R I M A G E
Join us for our Advent series of on-line talks, this year about Pilgrimage
Thursday, 2nd December 20 - Walking with Jesus in Jerusalem
An imaginative journey around the Holy City to some of the places that Jesus was familiar with - the Temple, the Garden of Gethsemane and Golgotha. Our virtual pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus will be vivid, challenging and inspirational.
Speaker -The Very Revd Canon Richard Sewell
Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem
Richard is British and has previously served as a priest in the Diocese of Southwark. He trained at St Augustine’s College and has a BA in Theology from University of Birmingham and an MA in Biblical Studies from Heythrop College. He has volunteered in Tiberias, run an inter-faith project in East London and worked as a mission educator with churches in Pakistan and Bangladesh. In addition to his role as Dean of the College, he is Residentiary Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem and Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in the UK.
Thursday, 9th December 2021 - The Footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Rome
An informative journey through early Rome and St Paul’s travels and travails in spreading the word of Jesus.
Speaker - Richard Bowen
Richard has lived in Rome for 30 years. He has an MA in History from UCL. Over the years he has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including Baths of Caracalla, Trajan’s Market and the Ara Pacis. Additionally Richard has worked for Smart History and likes to get off the beaten path by leading tours to the areas of Trasterevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. He also leads on the Unification of Italy, defence of the Roman Republic of 1849 and the rise of Italian Fascism. He often acts as guide on our pilgrimages to Rome. In this instance he will be taking us on the journey of St Paul in Rome.
Thursday, 16th December 2021 - Pilgrimage
Why are so many people who describe themselves as ‘not religious’ going on pilgrimage nowadays? Writer Peter Stanford draws on his latest book, Pilgrimage: Journeys of Meaning, to argue that even in our secular times pilgrimage remains more than straightforward tourism.
Speaker - Peter Stanford
Peter is an award-winning British writer, journalist and broadcaster best known for his biographies and books on the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas. A former editor of the Catholic Herald, he writes for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and The Tablet. He has presented television and radio documentaries on BBC1, Channels 4 & 5 and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze. His biography of Lord Longford was the basis of Channel 4’s multi-award winning drama, Longford.
All talks will be live on-line via Zoom at 4pm. They will also be recorded for you to watch in your own time.
Cost: £40 for the series
Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th December
Time: 4pm UK time
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