This time of year, in the spirit of thanksgiving, celebration, peace, light, hope, love, and giving, it is common to reach out to those in need, sharing what we have. Especially during wintertime, we may be thinking to reach out to those who don’t have a warm home to sleep in at night. It is for this reason that a Scottish charity called Social Bite hosts a Sleep in the Park event during December in an effort to end homelessness. Here’s a video that shares some of what they do year-round toward that end:
Play the following video for your students [4:38]:
The Social Bite Cause
- What does Social Bite do to reach out to people in need? (They offer meals, particularly by letting homeless people enter their cafes and restaurants and choose a meal that someone has paid forward. They also employ formerly homeless individuals.)
- What are some of the specific things Social Bite offers people in need? (In addition to meals, they offer people the dignity associated with choosing and ordering their meal in an establishment. In offering employment, they also offer opportunity, second chances, stability, community, purpose, etc.)
- What is the impact of reaching out with these offers? (These offers meet immediate physical needs as well as more internal psychological/emotional needs, all of which helps people get out of the cycle that brings them down, and allows them to meet their own needs and contribute.)
This organization meets the immediate needs of homeless individuals in their area, but they do it with an aim to offer dignity as well as food. By allowing them to enter a café, choose and order their meal, or even to work at that café at some point, these folks feel human, seen, and significant. Through their actions, Social Bite shares the message that dignity is not just for people with means, but for you too.
- Twice in the video the narrator made the comment that these people could receive the help they needed from Social Bite without having to go to a “church hall.” Why do you think he said this? (Answers will vary but might include: Someone may have had a bad experience at the church; the charity given at the church may not have been as focused on the individual’s self-worth; etc.)
Today we will see a deep display of care from Jesus for folks who may have otherwise been ignored by society. Jesus met immediate needs and treated everyone with dignity, but additionally offered something only He could provide—the good news of the Gospel, which He said is for everyone, not just those you expect. Jesus expects us to reach out to everyone in need on His behalf.