The Benefice Cross of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesely

Operation Christmas Child 2017

‘Operation Christmas Child’ has been giving western children a concrete way to get involved in improving Christmas for less privileged kids around the world by sending a shoebox since 1990.

@acnbchurch is part of Romsey Deanery, and they have been supporting ‘Operation Christmas Child’ for 21 years. Particularly at All Saint’s it’s been a tradition for our children to donate items and pack a shoe box each year, as well as raising the funds needed to send the boxes overseas. This year has been no exception and All Saint’s Shoeboxes were transferred to Samaritan’s Purse on 19 November at a celebratory service.

How does Operation Christmas Child work?

‘Op Christmas Child’ works through local partners in churches around the world to transfer the shoeboxes directly to recipients in particular need. It is an attractive and very easily understood model which continues to have real appeal in UK churches and around the world.

We are so grateful to our Children’s team at All Saints: Pam, Lesley, Cilla, Lynn and others (in no particular order) work hard to make the shoebox appeal work well for the children. Their work over many years is a testament to both their commitment to a better world, and helping children grow in faith.

Aid is a complex area

Aid is a really complex area. It’s absolutely right that faith organisations should be involved in helping their communities. It’s also important that aid is done in an impartial way. In part that makes it ‘humanitarian aid’. It is also true that understanding of how to best help communities in need is changing rapidly. A lot of models from 1990’s have been found to be doing less good than people hoped.

‘To provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United Kingdom to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease’.

Part of Operation Christmas Child’s mission statement.

At @acnbchurch we are helping the children who worship with us gain a perspective what life for children in churches (and out of them) around the world is like. Vicar Victoria said “We will be thinking hard during the spring with our children’s teams about whether ‘Operation Christmas Child’ is the best way of encouraging our children to help, or whether we will be adopting another project.”

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