From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

The Power of a Gift

This Sunday we intend to celebrate the 253 children who will be receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox this year. Through your amazing generosity, we have been able to fill 253 shoeboxes with gifts for children in countries around the world who are in desperate need. These children will be receiving practical things like clothing, school supplies, soap, a cuddly toy and something to play with. It is also our hope and prayer that they will receive much joy from that box and that they would know there is a God who loves them abundantly. 
 
Many of the boxes have items in that our children have made at Kidz Church. The kids tie-dyed clothing, used beads to make jewellery, assembled Lego kits, decorated marble bags and covered exercise books. And I know that God is doing big things in the hearts of our children as they actively live out God’s call to help and serve others. 
 
This Sunday in our services we will be praying a blessing over the shoeboxes, for their safe travel and for each child who receives a box. I have heard countless stories of children receiving a box with exactly what was needed. A little blind girl received a box with items perfect just for her — a musical instrument, some bells, a lovely soft toy to touch and cuddle. And a boy who had been praying for a coat as it was almost winter, received a box with a coat in it. These are just a few amazing stories that tell of God’s hand at work through Operation Christmas Child. 
 
So, thank you church family for giving to this amazing mercy project. Because of your love and generosity 253 children will receive a shoebox filled with gifts this Christmas and will, we hope and pray, experience the love of God.
God bless.
Caroline
 
Bray Park Carols 2017
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