Operation Christmas Child: the largest children’s Christmas project in the world!
Operation Christmas Child co-ordinates thousands of individuals, schools and churches across the UK in sending shoe-boxes filled with gifts to children in need around the world.
The boxes make a real difference to the children who receive them, not just bringing joy but changing lives – the toys and gifts in the boxes are often the only toys that the children have to play with as their parents struggle to provide even food and clothes for their children. The boxes impact whole families in the long-term as well, helping local churches to build relationships with people in need and sharing God’s love with them. Read some of the many stories on the Operation Christmas Child website, showing how the boxes make a difference to those who have received them.
If you’d like to send a shoe-box this year or would like to encourage your school or church to take part, here’s where to start: http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/how-to-pack-your-shoebox. Make sure you check the list of suitable and unsuitable gifts to include. If you’re a keen knitter, there are some knitting patterns for suitable gifts here, including some very cute hand puppets (unfortunately stuffed hand-knitted toys won’t be accepted).
There is a suggested minimum donation of £2.50 per shoe-box to cover operational costs. If possible, please make your donation online – keep a note of the barcode and you can find out which country your shoe-box is sent to! Take your shoe-box to your local drop-off point between 1 November and 18 November 2012. There are collection points across Cornwall, find your nearest one here.
If you don’t have time to create your own shoe box, visit Shoe Box World where you can order a pre-packed shoe box – the site is really colourful and easy to use - choose the wrapping paper, decide who it’s suitable for and pick the toys to go inside it, and then make a donation online to cover the cost.
Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity providing international crisis relief and supporting development through local churches in communities in need, in 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
HM the QUEEN head of UK and Commonwealth today proclaimed the Christian message on TV worldwide -
“… God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.
Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.
In the last verse of this beautiful carol, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, there’s a prayer:
O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sin
And enter in.
Be born in us today.
It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.”
THE QUEEN’S Speech 2011
IS THIS THE END OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS?
This will embolden every believer in the nation !!!
In an innovative social media collaboration, this week worship leader and violinist Ruth Fazal has created a new carol using lines suggested in a Facebook Group.
Ruth writes on her website
“This week on Facebook, I made the suggestion to my group that everyone write one line for a new Christmas Carol that I would then create from all the lines submitted. Thirty one people took part, and although I was not able to incorporate all the lines, I was able to use quite a few.
Those of you who took part in this, THANK YOU!! It was fun to get your response, and to see the way that it came together. Here is the song. This ‘mix’ is extremely rough, as I just put it together tonight. I might try to get the mix better, but at least for now, you can hear the song!!! Enjoy!!”
The real story of Christmas happened 2,000 years ago and was recorded in detail in two of the four Gospels – short biographies of Jesus found in the Bible. The authors, Matthew and Luke, describe a series of remarkable events surrounding the birth of Jesus…
This short film from Bible Society tells the Christmas story through the words of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Two charities are seeking clothes and food goods for vulnerable people to keep warm this winter. Breadline would like your support to create the largest sock pile ever! If every body brought one pair of thermal socks it would make a huge difference to this charity, who will be seating 100 homeless people for Christmas dinner. Donate a turkey, crackers and some tins and this would go a long way to making a brighter Christmas party!
Womens Aid support women and their children who experience domestic abuse. Often very far from home and their loved ones, they arrive with no more than the clothes they stand up in. Womens Aid are asking for hats, scarves and gloves, tinned food and toiletries.
Please deliver any donations to the front reception area of Penwith Community Development Trust, at the Penwith Centre, Parade Street, Penzance by Monday 20th December 2010.