Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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Every year, St. Michael's participates in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. 

Our own 'official' launch for the 2017 appeal was at our Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday 8th October. All the filled boxes were collected in at a special Thank You Service for all the family on Sunday 19th November. This was earlier than usual so that we could be sure our shoeboxes arrived at their destination in good time. Many of those who prepared a shoebox for our appeal came along to the special service to present them, giving thanks to God as we did so and remembering those children for whom they were given.

(We still had our Lighting of the Christmas Trees service at the start of advent on Sunday 3rd December, and many people came along to that as well.)

We received over 140 shoeboxes for the 2017 appeal, including those from the Mile End Methodist Church. Thank you and well done everyone!

The shoeboxes are filled not only by our Church members but also by members of the many organisations which meet in the church, Myland Parish Halls and around Myland. Together we help to fill children's lives with joy as the shoeboxes contain gifts for children who live in situations where they have very little of anything, and who would otherwise receive no presents at Christmas.

It's a good idea to start thinking about your shoebox early so that you can purchase items for it throughout the year. May we suggest that you read the official guidance from the Samaritan's Purse website: click here.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and leaflets will again be available from the Church Office when the appeal for 2018 is launched later this year. You can also use your own shoebox and wrap it in Christmas wrapping paper (please wrap the box and lid separately). It's a good idea to use an elastic band to help keep the lid in place. Please do not tape your box.

If you have any questions about the Appeal, do contact us or pop in to any of our services. Thank you for making up a shoebox!