To start things off, please come along to our special Christian Aid Week service in Church, or look our for our ‘At Home’ service video, which will appear first on our Facebook page. Both start at 10am Sunday 9th May.
Each year we support the charity Samaritans Purse and their project Operation Christmas Child, which sends a shoebox of presents to children who otherwise may receive nothing at Christmas.
However this year, because of the obvious logistical problems that the Coronavirus Pandemic cause, we’re doing things a little differently.
This year we are encouraging everyone to buy a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child online at: https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/ (or just search for “Shoebox Appeal”). By going on-line it means people do not need to make additional shopping trips to obtain gifts and boxes.
However we are aware that many still like to create a physical box for themselves. If you did want to pack an actual Shoebox, you can take it to the ‘Entertainer’ toyshop in Reading Broad Street or to ‘Kingsmen’ in Marcus Close (off Dee Road) which is where we took them last year.
The national collection week is 9th – 16th November.
Sunday 17th November is Shoebox Sunday – the last day you can drop off your filled shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
It is also the day we are holding a special service at St Catherine’s to gather the filled Shoeboxes, and to tell everyone what happens to them. We’ll also show video of the distribution and opening of some of the boxes.
This is a special ‘joint’ service, so it starts at 10.30 am with refreshments from 10.15 am.
Alternatively you can bring your Shoeboxes to St Catherine’s Church or Cornwell 0-5 play group anytime before 17th November.