Grace Church Congregational serves as the Relay Center for Northern Berkshire County for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritans Purse.

Update for 2019:  Thanks to all those who helped on our 10th year as a Relay Center.  1308 boxes were collected which equals 1308 Gospel opportunities.

National Collection Week 2019, is November 18-25

People from around the county will be bringing over a thousand shoeboxes to our church!     

You can participate in this ministry in several ways:

  • Pack a shoebox by yourself or with a friend.  (Decorative  boxes are available at the church.) Decide on a gender and age and fill  a box with toys, school supplies, toiletries, and other things a child would love.
  • Purchase individual items that can go in a box  and bring them to the church.
  • If you can’t get out to shop you can build a box online

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

People from around the county will be bringing over a thousand shoeboxes to our church!

Our ministry as a Drop-Off Location is a team effort.                                                                                               

That means we need you on the team to:

  • 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

After receiving a shoebox, children have the opportunity to take part in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship and evangelism program.  Upon completion of the program, graduates receive their own copy of a New Testament in their own language.   Operation Christmas Child now reaches over 11 million children a year and is used by God to transform individual children, families and whole communities with the Good News of the Gospel.

 What goes into the box is fun.

  What comes out is eternal!