Shoebox Christmas Presents
This year as a church we are taking part in Operation Christmas Child.
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 join us in this project, here is something you can do:
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.
Bring your shoebox to church and put it in the giant box next to the stage during the Sunday Service 5th or 12th of November.
If you don't have time to shop, but would still like to take part in Operation Christmas Child, there is now an opportunity to pack a shoebox online where you can personalise what goes in your box and add your photo. In order to do that, simply follow this link and the instructions will come up on the screen. There is also a wee video to guide you through the process.
Contact the church office if you would like to know more information or you need additional materials like boy/girl age labels.