Can Christmas still change the world?
Yes, Christmas still can change the world!
Here at Hope we still believe that we can and must. "Enter the Story" this December as we conspire together to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All this Advent. Let's conspire to change the way we celebrate Christmas!
join us on sunday december 3rd at 10:30am & 12pm in the fellowship hall to discover ways to "enter the story" of advent conspiracy with hope!!!
Opportunities Sponsored by Hope:
· Consider making a financial contribution towards Hope’s goal of raising money to donate to Christ EPC in Houston, Texas for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief!
· Do you have younger children? Sign them up to go Christmas caroling on Wednesday December 13th at 6pm King's Crest Senior Apartment Community Center-11500 Kings Crest Court Fredericksburg, VA 22407. The children will also perform on Sunday December 17th during our 9:30am worship service! Practices will happen on Wednesday November 29th & Wednesday December 6th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the church.
· Join our Hope family as we go Christmas caroling together on Wednesday December 20th at The Mark at Salem Station apartment complex behind the church. Meet at Hope at 6:30pm for caroling and return to the church afterward for hot chocolate and Christmas cookies (please bring a dozen cookies to share per family).
· Spread some holiday cheer to our friends in Chancellor’s Village.
· Write letters to Hope members serving in the armed services who are away from their families.
· Donate new or gently used winter coats to the needy in our community.
· Donate new or gently used winter hats, gloves and mittens at the Charlie Brown Tree.
· Sponsor a child’s Christmas through the Angel Tree.
· Sponsor a family’s Christmas through the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board.
Be sure to take pictures of you and your group conspiring together and share them publicly on social media with the hashtag: #HPCAdventConspiracy17. This way your friends can see what you’re doing and we can collect all of your pictures digitally for our joint worship service on December 31st at 10am!
More Suggestions for How to “Enter the Story” with Your Family:
· Sit down with your spouse to set a Christmas budget and determine to stick to it.
· Prayerfully consider how your family can “Spend Less” on material possessions and “Give More” of your time, talent and gifts to one another and the needy in your community
· Consider donating a portion of your Christmas budget to Hope’s goal of raising money for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
· Go through the Advent Conspiracy Family Devotional shown near the top of this page.
· Encourage your child to ask for one less present this year. If they bring you a list of 5 gifts, have them remove 1.
· Rake leaves for the older gentleman or woman who lives down street. Visit with them.
· Go caroling in your neighborhood with your friends and family.
· Purchase non-perishable food items to donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.
· Consider purchasing a special Christmas gift a needy family in a third world country through Heifer International or Samaritan’s Purse.
· Make a homemade gift for a member of your family.
· Make a prayer chain of slips of red and green paper counting down to Christmas. Write the name of a family member, neighbor, friend or ministry to pray for. Each day, tear one off and pray for them.
· Use Christmas cards as prayer reminders. As cards arrive, pray for the person who sent it.
· Invite someone to come to a Hope Christmas Eve or New Years Eve service with you:
o 9:30am- Contemporary Worship Service
o 11am- Traditional Worship Service
o 7pm- Contemporary Family Service
o 10pm- Traditional Candlelight Service
o 10am- Combined Worship Service with Advent Conspiracy Focus
For Families with Younger Children:
· Find older, gently used toys to donate and give away.
· Read Christmas story from Luke 2:1-21 as a family and act it out with nativity figurines.
· Collect and donate crafts to the pediatrics wing of a local hospital.
· Make Christmas cards for military members serving abroad.
· Bring gently used board games and decks of cards to a homeless shelter.
· Go through your old books and donate them to your dentist or doctor’s office.
· Sit next to someone lonely at school.
· Tell someone at school the true story of Christmas.
· Ask Melissa for more ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
For Families with Teenagers:
· Instead of gifts, ask for someone to make a donation to your favorite charity in your name.
· Use social media to spread the word about your favorite charity.
· Bring a group of friends to volunteer at the Fredericksburg area Food Bank (must be 14 yrs. old)
· Make treats to donate to the local police and fire stations.
· Make small bags of non-perishable food and toiletries to keep in your car to give to someone homeless you encounter during the week.
· Commit to volunteering somewhere like Meals on Wheels once a week.
· Ask Bryan for more ideas! email@example.com