Missions: Operation Christmas Child 2015

A Ministry of Samaritan’s Purse

It’s that time of year again! Time to prepare our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes! Millions of children around the world will experience Christmas joy when they receive gift-filled boxes and hear the Gospel through Christian literature. But it doesn’t end there! The children have the opportunity to take part in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship and evangelism program offered in their own language. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive their own copy of a New Testament.   What starts out as a simple gift–a shoe box containing toys, school supplies, and toiletries–is used by God to transform the hearts of millions of children and their families.

This will be our church’s sixth year serving as the Relay Center for Northern Berkshire County. That means people from around the county will be bringing their packed shoeboxes to our church during National Collection Week, November 16-23. Over a thousand boxes come through our center.

You can participate in this ministry in several ways:

  • Pack a shoebox by yourself or with a friend. Decorative “GO” (Gospel Opportunity) boxes are available at the church. .
  • Purchase individual items that can go in a box (rather than packing an entire box yourself).

(For both of these options, please make use of the packing brochures with gift suggestions and a list of items to avoid)

  • Serve as a volunteer at our Relay Center during Collection week.

Opportunities for service include:

* Putting together gift boxes from individual donated items

* Greeting those who come through our doors with their donated boxes

* Baking cookies to offer our guests

* Carrying packed shoeboxes from the cars into the church (young people encouraged to apply!)

* Packing the shoeboxes into larger boxes for transport to the Northampton Collection Center

* Loading the larger boxes onto the transport truck

* Record keeping of the number of boxes brought in each day, and from whom

To sign up and to get more information, please speak to Charleen Bridgman, Relay Center Coordinator at 499-3040, or email to secretary.gracecc1@verizon.net

Operation Christmas Child now reaches over 100 million children a year and impacts individual children, families and whole communities with the Good News of God’s love.


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