Our morning service on Sunday 15 November took the theme of preparation.
It was also Shoebox Sunday!
Once again St Columba’s supported Operation Christmas Child, filling nearly 200 shoeboxes with gifts for children in other countries who would otherwise not get any Christmas presents.
Such a big international effort requires a good deal of preparation. Some people had been knitting scarves, hats, gloves and toys all year to put in their shoeboxes. We reflected that we are so lucky – our treasured belongings would not fit in something as small as a shoebox.
It was good to see the kindness and compassion that lead church members and friends to prepare shoeboxes, which would be taken to a collection centre for distribution around the world in time for Christmas. These reflect the Advent themes of hope, peace, love and joy, and will surely make a difference to less fortunate children.
We also saw two short videos and a puppet show, bringing home the love that goes into the shoeboxes and the sheer delight that they bring to the children that receive them.