Angel Tree Ministry

Today I want to briefly talk about a very important ministry: it is the Angel Tree ministry. Each year we put out a Christmas Tree in church – like we have today – and we ask you to place unwrapped gifts under it (no clothes please) or a clearly marked Gift Card in the Collection, and at the same time place a decoration on the tree. And the hope is that the tree, after about four weeks, is well and truly decorated, reflecting the many gifts. And what are the gifts for? They are for the families, carers and children, of those who find themselves in prison over Christmas. And so, the idea is to bring a little comfort to those who are missing a loved one this Christmas. The regional coordinators for this ministry were Bill & Christine Fairbrother, but they have now handed over the baton to Tracey Plumb at TGS – thanks Tracey. The Angel Tree is just one aspect of the overall Christian ministry at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre. Last year we had a great number of gifts placed under the tree. We also had more than a thousand dollars of gift vouchers provided. And the gift vouchers are very handy as we can purchase age appropriate gifts for the specific person or family member. We usually ‘pull up stumps’ fairly early as it takes a fair bit of time to organise all the age appropriate gifts, let alone buy them. So, you can expect that your last chance to give to this ministry will be early in December. We had about a dozen people from TGS last year volunteer to wrap the gifts and deliver them to the many families and children that were on our list for Cairns. And just about everyone who received a gift was moved – and some to tears – in appreciation. Some of our deliverers were asked to come into the person’s home for a cuppa (we declined – but that shows the sort of reception given). And some even asked for prayer (which was given). Yes, what a ministry – what an encouraging ministry to be involved in – what a mercy ministry as such – showing the love of God to those we don’t even know, but certainly need comforting through his love…. and especially at Christmas. Please give generously in the month ahead; and please volunteer to help wrap and deliver these gifts – talk to my lovely wife Sue, if you’d like to help in these ways.

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