With the flurries of snow forcasted this weekend, the Christmas season is in full swing here in Midlothian. With 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 this a core value of our church’s mission, but a command of Christ and we desire to live this out as a church family.

One opportunity to do this is by participating in KingsWay’s annual Christmas 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 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. Things like turkey, potatoes, canned vegetables, hot cocoa, cookie mix, and stuffing, as well as cereal, applesauce, and granola bars, are all good options 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 either the Christmas Eve morning service or evening service 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 next Sunday, December 17th.

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 next Sunday, December 17th, 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 craig@kingsway.cc.

Serena joined the office staff team in December of 2015. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Serena began attending KingsWay when she moved to Midlothian in 2012 - immediately becoming drawn in to the vibrant and diverse community. She received her undergrad degree in Communications and Journalism and is pursuing graduate work in Counseling and Discipleship. Serena works full-time in the non-profit sector and serves on the board of the Bolivia Missions Foundation.

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