Our elves have been hard at work to help you pull off a bright
and cheery Christmas season.
To me, Christmas is the most enchanting time of the year. For a
brief moment in time AND even if only for a second or two, the
world stops and pays homage to our Savior. People's hearts are a
little more open and perhaps a little softer to the things of God.
Use these 6 ideas to proclaim God's love in sending his son to a
lowly stable and to celebrate the wonder of the season.
There are many ways to share God's love with others through
outreach at Christmas.
Here are a few:
Adopt a Friend -- Donate time and friendship to seniors
and disabled adults through your Social Services department.
Coats 4 Jesus -- Collect winter coats and distribute
them to homeless people.
Angel Books -- Hang paper angels on your church's
Christmas tree for needy children. Have church members buy a book
for each child.
Parents' Day Out -- A church in our town placed a door
hanger on our door around the first of December last year. They
invited parents to finish up shopping or gift-wrapping while
dropping off their children for a fun Saturday morning at the
church. Kids enjoyed a video, cookie decorating, crafts, hot dogs
and chips, and a closing Christmas play.
Involve people of all ages in making items that'll bless people
Warm Up America! Project -- Have "those who can" teach
"those who can't" -- to knit and crochet, that is! Then work
together to create knit blocks. Assemble the blocks into warm
blankets for homeless people. For more information on the Warm Up
America! program and to obtain free simple knit and crochet
patterns, send a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to Warm Up
America!, P.O. Box 9, Gastonia, NC 28053-0009.
Kidsacks -- Make sleeping bags for children in battered
women's shelters. Thanks to the Kidsacks organization, you can put
together a kid-sized sleeping bag in a giant sewing bee. Add a
heart-shaped pillow and a teddy bear, and kids have something
special to call their own. For more information, contact Kidsacks,
26612 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145; 216-871-1913.
Operation Christmas Child -- Our church participated in
the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child program last year,
and it was one of the most meaningful Christmas activities for many
of us. You can involve your entire church or just your children's
ministry in giving to children around the world.
Samaritan's Purse delivers gift boxes to children in countries
such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and Romania. Simply fill a shoe box with
small toys, school supplies, hats, gloves, or wrapped hard candies.
Then send each box to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC
28607. For more information, call 800-353-5949.