Monday, 4 November 2019

SHOEBOX SUNDAY

On Sunday 17th November New Life Church will be collecting shoebox donations for this year's Operation Christmas Child run by Samaritan's Purse.  Our whole meeting will be based around the impact of the shoebox gifts on the lives of children who may be receiving a Christmas gift for the first time in their lives.  
Just drop off your box or join us for worship followed by video presentations, a quiz and a look back at last year's boxes.


How Can I Join In?

Step 1
Find a Shoebox
Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper or order preprinted shoeboxes online. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label, marking if your gift is for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your box.


Step 2
Fill with Gifts
Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See our Gift Suggestions below for more ideas.
Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste and sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes.   

Step 3
Make Your Project Donation
A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children's event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. More detail on what your donation covers here.

Give online at Follow Your Box and you can print out a barcode and place it inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable us to tell you which country your shoebox gets sent to.  

Or you can enclose cash or cheque (to Samaritan's Purse) and place it in an envelope inside your shoebox on top of the contents. If you are packing multiple shoeboxes you can write a cheque for one combined donation.

Note: Follow your Box is only available when you pay online

Step 4
Personalise and Pray
Personalise your shoebox by including a hand written note and a photograph of yourself, your group or your family. You may also like to pray for the child that will receive your gift.

Step 5
Drop off your Shoebox
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and take it to a local drop-off location between 11th and 18th November. 
We'd love to see you at the Winding Wheel on Sunday 17th November 10.30 am.  

Gift Suggestions

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, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.

Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste can no longer be included in shoeboxes.

Other Items

Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, slinky spring, matchbox cars etc.

Due to more stringent import regulations, sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes.

Do Not Include

Used or damaged items; clothing other than as listed above; war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate, sweets or other food items; seeds; aerosols; toothpaste, lotions or liquids of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers or fragile items; books with mainly words.

Items packed from this list will be removed from shoeboxes. 

CENTRAL MEN'S BREAKFAST - HOMELESSNESS

HOMELESS IN CHESTERFIELD

 A talk by Richard Minns - Chair of Pathways 

Men’s Breakfast at Central Methodist
 
Saturday 16th November 8:30am 

Including details of arrangements for the second year of the 
winter night shelter at 7 churches in the town. 

Please come along to find out more and to enjoy a cooked breakfast and a friendly welcome.

 It would be helpful, but not essential, for catering purposes to notify 
Brian Offiler (01246 234707; brian.offiler@btinternet.com) if you are planning to come. 

We look forward to seeing you.