The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, is urging families to remember others as they celebrate Christmas together.
In his Christmas Message, Bishop Abernethy speaks of the fear about the future due to the economic climate, and remembers those at home and abroad who find this time of year difficult.
He appealed to people to consider making a donation to charity to ease the worry and hardship for those in difficult circumstances.
“Christmas is a time for remembering,” the Bishop said. “As I reflect on Christmas past my mind is flooded with so many images. They revolve around people and especially family.
“This is a time when many will have travelled from distance to be with family and friends. There is an instinctive draw to be home. This is something that is special and is a reminder of that family in a stable in Bethlehem.”
The Bishop went on: “However for others this time of year is very difficult because of bereavement, illness, family breakdown and even having no family. In other parts of the world it is impossible because of cholera, famine, war and displacement.
“This Christmas there is fear and concern about the future due to the economic crisis, but despite that please remember those who have nothing and little hope of a future. That first family became displaced and nearly lost their lives.
“For those who have the blessing of family please remember those who will find this time of year very difficult. Maybe even think of giving a donation from your family gathering to one of the many charities who will offer help.”