With the first week of December, the Christmas season is in full swing here in Midlothian. Between many holiday parties, to do lists, and travels, it is easy to place “loving our neighbors” underneath all of the daily items that demand our attention this time of year. However, not only is loving our neighbors a core value of our church’s mission, but a command of Christ, one we desire to live this out as a church family.
One opportunity to do this is by participating in KingsWay’s annual Christmas Food Box Service Project. As an extension of our Mercy Ministry, packing and distributing Christmas boxes has become a tradition that is of immense value and importance in the life of those in our community. The object of the Christmas Box Service Project is simplistic in nature: fill boxes with food and items for a Christmas dinner and other weekly food needs and personally distribute them to families in our area who have been identified as needy. Many of the families to receive the Christmas boxes have been connected through our Food Pantry ministry.
There are three levels of need to be covered by KingsWay families to make this outreach possible:
1. Sponsoring a Box—We are asking that families or singles prayerfully consider sponsoring an entire box, filling it with food items for a Christmas dinner, as well as other groceries to use during the week. See below for current needs that will bless a family in need.
2. Distributing boxes—This is one of the most important parts of the outreach. Recipients of this year’s food boxes are invited to pick up their box at the Christmas Eve service or after the Sunday Meeting on December 23rd at KingsWay. We need families of all ages who are willing to help with the logistics of passing out food boxes to those who come. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who can’t financially sponsor an entire box but still want to participate. We also are in need of a few families who would be willing to hand deliver boxes to those who are unable to come to the building. Delivering consists of bringing a Christmas box to the recipient’s home, expressing relational care, offering to pray with the family, and inviting them to join us on a Sunday morning.
3.Donating Food Items—Even if you are unable to sponsor or distribute a Christmas box, donations of individual box components are so helpful. Whether it is a few cans of food or an entire turkey, your gift will be used to fill boxes and impact our community. Please note that all box items are needed by Sunday, December 16th.
Currently, the following items are the most needed:
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Cans of Corn
- Cans of Green Beans
- Mac N Cheese
- Cake Frosting
- Hot Chocolate/Coffee/Tea
- Peanut Butter
- Turkey and Hams
This project is an opportunity for mercy and outreach to expand and for our fingerprints as a church to be left on the community. If you have a desire to see this happen, then join us in this mission. After church Sunday, December 16th, join us in wrapping and preparing these boxes to distribute.
If you feel called to participate in the outreach, have further questions about logistics, or need ideas about what to say when delivering, please contact Craig Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.