Dear Friends of First Baptist Church:
As we approach the season of celebration and joy and prepare for our Advent and Christmas traditions, please remember our White Gift Christmas Program. The White Gift Service will be part of a special evening service on Sunday, December 6, 2020. This service will help us focus on the importance of sharing our gifts with others so they might have a brighter Christmas. We are reminded that there are families and children in our community who go without the many things that we take for granted, and this is particularly true during the pandemic.
With your kind donations, we will be working with Ward 5 again this year to provide gifts for 60 – 70 people ($75 per) and give $1,500.00 toward the Christmas dinner programs for Ward 5 and Parker Street. Gifts for our refugee families will also be purchased.
Last year $6,100.00 was donated by members of our congregation enabling us to help 67 people with warm clothing, household items, and toys. Monetary donations were also given to Ward 5 and the Parker Street Christmas Dinner Programs. We also provided funds for The Angel Tree Gift Program supported by the Prison Fellowship of Canada and gift cards for the Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Program.
How to donate to our White Gift Christmas Program
- You can make an e-transfer to First Baptist Church Halifax. In the Message box of the e-transfer link, include your name, reference WHITE GIFT and send to [email protected].
- Mail (or drop off) a cheque made payable to First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax NS B3H 3Y8 and reference WHITE GIFT.
- Put your donation, marked WHITE GIFT, in your offering envelope. They can be left at the office, or mailed in.
Donations are needed by December 8th so our shoppers will have time to purchase and wrap the gifts. Lots of shoppers are needed, and Ward 5 is hoping that FBCH will help with the delivery of the food boxes and gifts on December 19th again this year. If you can help, please call me, Gwendolyn MacLean (902 425 6959) or email me at [email protected], or you can call the church office (902 422 5203).
The COVID-19 pandemic requires a special protocol for the pickup and delivery of the food boxes and gifts. Ward 5 will be following the Department of Health guidelines, and the delivery details will be sent out once they are finalized.
Thank you very much for your dedicated and generous support. May the spiritual gifts of the season – love, peace, faith and joy – be with you always!
Gwendolyn MacLean, Chair
Community Outreach Committee