We are very keen to bless our local community, and the half-term event and Christmas activities we are planning are ways to do this (providing gift bags of goodies for our local families.) As a church, however, we also care about children and families in other countries and support three children (Bedline in Haiti, Innocent in Uganda and Amshika in India) on a regular basis.

It’s been a very difficult year for people all throughout the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are mindful that generosity and kindness are essential qualities at all time, but especially as we approach Christmas. Because of this, we are looking to prepare 20 shoeboxes for children throughout the world as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Appeal.

This appeal involves filling a shoebox with different gifts for children. Suggestions are for each box to have a quality toy such as a doll, football with pump, or cuddly toy to bless a child alongside other gifts such as pencils, crayons, notebook or other toys. Bear in mind that every item must fit in a standard shoebox!

Please do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; sweets, chocolate or food items;
toothpaste, lotions or liquids including bubbles; medicines; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; religious or political literature; sharp or fragile items; books with mainly words

If you can buy one such item and bring to church before 14th November, we will be packing the shoe boxes on Saturday 14th November at 10 a.m. It would be good also for people to write notes for the children and include a photo of yourself for them to be included in the shoe box. Pictures and photos of children participating in this appeal would be particularly appreciated by the children receiving the gifts.

Boxes are prepared for boys and girls within the following age ranges: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14 and we will hope to send a selection of boxes for different age groups, dependent on what you bring in.

Each box will cost £5 to post, so even if you do not give anything to go in the boxes, you could contribute by giving towards the postage of the box.