Friday, December 23, 2011

Outreach Programs Spread Holiday Cheer at Christ Church

From Connecticut-

Outreach projects abound at Christ Episcopal Church in Bethany all year round, and Christmas is no exception.“We Come Bearing Gifts” and “A Baby Shower for Jesus” join carol singing, a church school pageant, and a beautifully decorated altar as time-honored December customs wholeheartedly favored by parishioners.

Named after the three kings who brought gifts to the Christ child, “We Come Bearing Gifts” was started in 1993 by parishioner Deborah Melycher of Prospect. The Rev. Dr. E. Bevan Stanley, the interim rector at Christ Church, enthusiastically declared, “We are very pleased that we could provide gifts for ten families. The generosity of this congregation is amazing and reflects our gratitude for all that God has given us.”

Each of the families received a large turkey plus all the trimmings, from potatoes and yams, vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, rolls and butter, to pumpkin pie fixings, nuts, a box of chocolates and a fruit basket.

At the request of Christ Church, the 10 needy families provided wish lists for clothing, toys, school supplies, and gift certificates. Most desires were met. These included hats and mittens, pants, towels, art supplies, Elmo, a telescope, two bicycles, and gift certificates to Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, and Stop and Shop.

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