St Thomas’s Church has officially launched its 2015 campaign for Samaritan’s Purse UKOperation Christmas Child UK. If you watch this video you will see just how much joy a single shoebox can bring to a child and why we need to keep on giving. More details to follow on how YOU can get involved and help…
We will be packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child UK on the morning of Sunday 22nd November but we really need to start collecting items now. Here’s a guide on what is safe and permitted. Let’s make 2015 the best year yet and give the gift of joy to so many children across the world.
Include items that children will love such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, sticker sheets etc.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, flannel, etc.
Baseball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewellery, solar watches, wind-up torches, scarf & gloves, wrapped sweets (Best Before Date of at least March the following year).
A PERSONAL NOTE:
You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family.
DO NOT INCLUDE
Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medicines, hand made or knitted stuffed toys, playing cards of the 4-suit variety, breakable items such as glass containers, aerosol cans, clothing or items of a political, racial or religious nature.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child and how you can help then visit the official OCC Website or Contact Us.
We had some wonderful services in St Thomas’s Church over Christmas. On Sunday 21st December two special services were held. In the morning it was the Nativity led by Junior Church. We had lots of helpers to play the roles of Joseph, Mary, Shepherds, Wise Men and the Angel. Thanks go to Andy Smith and Pat Squire for arranging the service.
In the evening it was the traditional service of lessons and carols by Candlelight. This is a beautiful service and a great opportunity to hear the Christmas message. Thanks go to all the readers and contributors and of course to Dafydd Meares for arranging all the candles and making sure the Church didn’t burn down!!
Afterwards there was a Candlelit Supper in the Church Hall in support of Christian Aid. This get-together is the perfect finish to a great day. Special thanks go to Mrs Lucy Lake for arranging this Candlelit Supper as it will be her last one in charge as she is taking well deserved retirement from catering!
Christmas Day worship was a simple, short service led by our Minister, Rev Gareth Roberts and was the perfect way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s always a lovely service and an opportunity to see friends of St Thomas’s who we don’t normally see throughout the year as they return home to see family.
It was another great year for Operation Christmas Child at St Thomas’s Church where 121 shoeboxes were filled and a grand £410 raised to go towards the cost of transportation. Thank you to all who donated, knitted and helped for this wonderful cause.
It’s that time of year again when St Thomas’s Church fills shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!
Since 1990, more than 113 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child, organised by charity, Samaritans Purse.
Over the years we have filled hundreds of boxes and it is a tradition that we are proud to continue.
How can YOU help?
We are in need of suitable items to go in the shoe boxes. There are strict rules and regulations about what can go in the boxes. This is for a number of reasons including safety and appropriateness. Remember that our shoe boxes could be sent anywhere in the world.
TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
OTHER ITEMS: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March of the following year).
DO NOT INCLUDE: used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; marbles or sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; clothing other than as listed above.
Please place all your gifts in the large wrapped box in the Church foyer in preparation for box-filling day. Also, each box needs to be accompanied by a minimum £3 shipping donation to cover UK transportation, overseas shipping and promotion for each box you prepare. Please pass all donations to Andy Smith.
We will filling the shoe boxes on Sunday 23rd November 2014 at 10:30am. We need as much help as possible. Can YOU help? Also if you have already filled a box at home then you are welcome to drop it off at St Thomas’s for onward transportation.