While this ministry is new to Christ Church, we are lucky to have the helpful guidance from our friends at First Presbyterian Church who have held a similar store for the past 9 years.
First Pres put together a video several years ago that gives a great overview of the Christmas Store, how it works and its benefits.
You can watch this short video here: https://vimeo.com/243871253
In the video, Beth talks about the three benefits of this ministry:
- Parents will make a financial investment of $5 per child which brings a level of dignity in being able to provide Christmas for their children.
- Parents, who know their children best, will get to choose the gifts their children receive Christmas morning. Part of the joy of being a parent at Christmas is picking out the perfect gift for your child and anticipating the excitement they will show Christmas morning when they open that gift. This ministry allows for the parents to experience that same joy.
- Lastly, and arguably one of the biggest benefits is the connection to the community and the ability to truly be the hands and feet of Christ. Our congregation will have the opportunity to engage with our neighbors and show the parents that enter the store that they are loved.