As we begin to look forward to Christmas we would like to extend an invitation to all our church members to take part in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Chritmas Child, which collects shoeboxes of small gifts to send to disadvantaged children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Children’s Christmas project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan’s Purse. Its mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
If you would like to take part in this project then Gate Church will be collecting shoeboxes during the service on Sunday 23rd October & 30th October and 6th November or you can bring them into the church office any time up until Tuesday 8th November.
For more details on how to pack your shoebox you can pick up one of the leaflets from the Welcome Team during the Sunday Service or follow the instructions below:
How To Pack Your Shoebox
- Get an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap the box and lid separately. Decide if your gift is for a boy or a girl, select age category and affix the label from this leaflet.
- Select a ‘wow’ toy that a child will cherish, like a beautiful doll, a deflated football or cuddly toy (with CE label).
- Completely fill the box, adding other TOYS such as toy cars, skipping ropes, musical instruments, yo-yo's or bouncy balls, SCHOOL SUPPLIES such as pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, colouring or sticker books and NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS such as toothbrush, toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannels etc. You can also include a PERSONAL NOTE AND PHOTO of you or your family/group.
- DO NOT INCLUDE used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, military figures or knives; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions including bubbles; medicines; hand-made stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp or fragile items.
- Don’t forget to pray for the child who will receive your gift.
- Include a £3 shipping donation for each shoebox you fill. If you donate online at Follow Your Box, we will let you know the destination country of your shoebox in the New Year.
If you would like more information or require extra shoebox labels then please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org