Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. But for many in our community, it can also be a season of pain and loneliness. This Christmas, let’s take the hope we’ve found in the Good News of Jesus out to our co-workers, friends, neighbors, and even perfect strangers.
Pack a Shoebox
Share the Gospel with a child in need this Christmas by sending a box or two through Operation Christmas Child. Visit the Welcome Center to pick up a box, pack it with gifts, a letter, and return it by November 12th.
Care for the poor and hungry in our community through one of our ministry partners.
Make a Visit
Connect with widows/shut-ins in the community. Take them out for a meal, go shopping with them, stop by for a visit, etc. Just a few minutes of your time might mean the world for them this Christmas season.
Show your appreciation for those that deliver your mail, collect your trash, etc. by giving them a special gift this Christmas. Write them a note, bake them something sweet, and let them know you are grateful for their service.
Have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Why not share some with folks that won’t be celebrating with family on Christmas? Bake a few batches and deliver them to police officers, firefighters, hospital staff, etc.
Work with your family, connection group, and neighborhood to collect supplies to bless those in need in our community. Visit Hope Ministries' website for ideas.
Pay it Forward
This one is pretty simple. Treat a stranger to a meal or a cup of coffee. You’ll make their day, and it may give you a chance to make a new friend. Afterwards, take a minute to say a prayer of blessing for them.
Invite a Friend
Invite a friend to join you for one of our upcoming Christmas events. It’s not about the event, it’s about deepening relationships and showing Christ’s love to those around us. Be sure to follow-up with a personal conversation.
Meet a Need
Be a great neighbor this Christmas season by shoveling someone else’s driveway, pet-sitting while they’re away, providing free childcare while they go Christmas shopping, etc. Look for a need, and then reach out to meet it!
Be a Prayerful Neighbor
Perhaps the best thing you can do to be a neighbor this Christmas is to pray for those around you. Learn the names of your five nearest neighbors and pray regularly for them by name.
Send Some Love
Make a list of your ten nearest neighbors and write each of them a card. As you write, ask the Lord to do something special in their life this Christmas. Be ready to be God’s answer to that prayer!
Host a Party
Host a holiday party for the folks in your neighborhood. It doesn’t need to be extravagant, just be intentional about connecting and deepening relationships with your neighbors.