As all of us were growing up, volunteering has always been a very altruistic thing. The feeling of giving back out of your blessed fortune to others who may not have as much, or have not been given the same hand in life is a very cool thing.
That can mean something as simple as doing down to your local soup kitchen on Thanksgiving and helping serve people, to actually going all-in and working for a non-profit, trying to help them make ends meet.
Today I’d like to go into more of an opinion piece that will possibly stir up some controversy within the Lutheran community. I’d like to talk about the idea of church-associated and run businesses, and why I believe they are where churches should be headed towards in the future.
Obviously there are many opinions out there regarding the ethics of this, and whether the church should be ‘in business’. I would like to address some of those, as well as some of the advantages of the church sponsoring and helping more of these types of organizations.
In the past few decades, church membership has been gradually shrinking, and has been going on all over the Western world. Some say that young people today just don’t relate to the old and antiquated church, while others just say the world has changed. Whatever the reason, it’s starting to change.
It’s difficult to be a religious person when there are people who are out to hurt you. The fine line between forgiveness and fighting for your rights is often given a religious spin by most people. Some people think that just because a person attends Church and expresses a love for Christ, that he can simply be walked all over like a foot rug by anyone who wishes to do so.
That is not true. While Christians practice forgiveness, there are also laws that govern society in order to make it orderly and structured.
For example, a person cannot just walk up to you and punch you in the face and just tell you, “You’re a Christian, you should forgive me”. That’s an offense right there and you should call a Toronto personal injury lawyer to file charges. This is especially true if that person threatened you or your family with a weapon.
What makes you a Christian here is not retaliating or hitting back. Why? Because you have left the case to the authorities and this means respect for higher order. Additionally, forgiveness should be given if the person who has attacked you asks for it. This would mean that he is truly sorry for what he has done and has seen the error of his ways. If, on the other hand, there is no apology or admission of guilt, it is then up to you if you want to forgive this person for harming you physically, emotionally or psychologically.
Being a Christian or Catholic is a difficult balancing act. But one thing people should remember is that they never above the law. Your religion and faith teaches you not to harm others, not to cheat, lie and steal. If this is done unto you, you do not fight back – you leave it to the authorities to handle. It is up to them to arrest the person and elevate the case to the courts. You have the right to file a case against a person who has hurt or wronged you and make him pay for the damages brought about by his actions. In your heart, you forgive him, but it is also your duty to fight for your rights.
When the film Heaven is For Real was released, I was so excited to learn what Jesus and Heaven looked like according to a toddler who was apparently taken there. But what struck me the most was when the kid repeatedly insisted that “Jesus really, really, really loved children”.
This mere revelation was so heartbreaking for me. Jesus wants children to be healthy, happy, and safe at all times. He wants children to enjoy and live life to the fullest. This is evident on several Bible verses (Mark 9:36-37; Mark 10:13-16). His heart is big for them perhaps because they are one of the most abused and oppressed humans on earth. Wherever you turn, almost in every country, you will see a skinny child wandering about the streets. Jesus’ heart breaks whenever He sees malnourished, orphan children.
This is why one of the heaviest mandates of Christians is to care for the young ones. Here in Canada we have seen a lot of organizations trying to fulfill this mission. Churches and even non-religious organizations reach out to the children to feed, clothe, and educate them. They even provide them with a decent shelter.
One of these Christian organizations is the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), an organization dedicated to bringing hope to poor children of developing and underdeveloped countries. They do this through searching for sponsors willing to feed and care for a child. They are also a member of ChildFund Alliance, an international group of organizations dedicated to giving children a better future.
These organizations also partner with other international organizations such as the UNICEF or United Nations Children's Fund. With this partnership, they are able to reach millions of children across the globe. These children receive foods, clothes, education, shelter, and most of all, love.
It is both empowering and encouraging to know of the initiative and efforts of these organizations. Learning about their programs and visions for the kids inspires us to pray for them and to actually do something to help them. A simple prayer or a donation can make a big difference. When we give, it is important to have a heart that believes in the power of Jesus’ miracle to these children’s lives, and that we are being used by the Lord to change the world.
During emergency situations, the church communities in Canada see giving donation as a primary solution. Donations of food, water and medical supplies can reach out to many places, and not just within the country. Many Church members are also willing to help out in their own little way as well, some include toys, while others also give out money for restoration efforts after the calamity.
Church donation drives may not be that easy to organize, since there are many things to consider. One is the demographic information of the area they need to focus on helping, and also the exact location where they will have the donation drive. The church should know how many people they will be helping, and their age brackets in order to identify their needs better.
These information can be useful so that the volunteers can have an idea on what to give away. Food and clothing are important to the victims of a calamity. To have these, the church can broadcast their plan to their members to gain additional help in collecting donations. Doing a fund raising activity can also help in pooling funds needed for the donation drive. The target amount to be collected will either be added to the fund for transportation or be used to buy more things needed by the victims of the calamity.
In any case, the Canadian church community is always willing to extend a helping hand to a country in need of additional support. If you or your community want to prepare emergency kits, first aid kits, and clothes for those in need you can gather them in advance or pool the funds ahead of time. In some instances, sending the cargo by sea is the most economical solution. Your community heads or officers officers should already have a shipping container price guide on hand so that you can decide on what size of container to get for the supplies. They should also have an idea of what items to send by sea and which ones should be air freighted to different locations.
Sometimes, when the calamity is really massive, the government itself will step up and offer emergency assistance via helicopters and planes. We all should do our share to help those in need no matter how far away they may be.
More and more young people are turning to the help of knives and needles to get their desired physical appearance. This trend sweeps across both America and Canada. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that about 800,000 and 230, 617 cosmetic procedures were performed on people on their 20’s and those aged 13 to 19, respectively.
Meanwhile in Canada, cosmetic surgeons say that the trend is not different. Dr. Michael Weinberg of Toronto Plastic Surgery Clinic says that there has been almost a 100 percent increase in the number of patients under the age of 30 in the past 10 years. In his deduction, more millennial Canadians are getting cosmetic surgeries. The most common type of procedures among teens and young adults is rhinoplasty or nose job. Breast augmentation, ear surgeries, and liposuction are popular too.
Why do hundreds of thousands of teens and young adults desire to alter their bodies? Dr. Miriam Kaufman, head of the adolescent medicine at Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children, says that young people generally feel unhappy about their bodies because of celebrity images they see on TV, magazines, and the Internet. This is supported by a 2012 study of British authors which found that females with low levels of life satisfaction, self-esteem, and perceived self-attractiveness had greater desire of undergoing cosmetic surgeries. They also were heavy television watchers.
All these statistics tell us that the younger generation generally becomes unhappy with their bodies because of social and cultural influence. To alleviate this dissatisfaction, they turn to cosmetic surgeries. What does the Bible say about this?
In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul says that our physical bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies being a Holy Temple for the Lord, it should be respected and taken care off. It shouldn’t be violated or abused in any way. Drastically altering our bodies to satisfy our vain desires violate this commandment. An extreme example for this is sex change for both men and women.
In 1 Timothy 2:9 and 10, God says that women should adorn themselves modestly and not with costly, worldly displays. These verses give us a glimpse of the thoughts of God on cosmetic surgeries. He commands women to be modest and focus on doing good things instead.
However, God also wants us to feel happy about ourselves. It is not His will for us to be forever tormented by the fact that our nose is twisted or our ears are too big. It ultimately boils down to the intentions of the heart: why do you want to undergo a cosmetic surgery? If it’s to get the lustful attention of men and women, God is against this. Cosmetic procedures should boost your self-esteem for the benefit of your psychological and emotional well-being.
We personally know a sister who underwent Juvederm in Portland Maine to reduce her wrinkles on her face. She had premature wrinkles in her late 20’s due to stress and wrong lifestyle. Another brother underwent face and neck rejuvenation through skin tightening in Washington DC. Both of them said they had peace of mind and a huge sense of relief and happiness after the procedures.
Cosmetic surgeries are double-edged knives that should be used with utter care and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Church buildings are the first thing believers and non-believers see. Because we human beings are embodied spirits who perceive the world through our senses, the appearance of our churches play a part in our religious experience. So as faithful members of our different churches, we should check whether our churches reflect the glory of God and make good venues for the spread of the gospel.
Here are some questions you and your fellow church members can ask yourself before deciding if it’s time to renovate your church:
Does the church look inviting?
An inviting church is one that looks pleasant and well-maintained on the outside and well-lighted and spacious on the inside. Stand outside your church and assess it. Is the paint still in good condition? Is the door nice and well-polished? Are the windows clean? Are the hinges, locks and latches working as they should? If you need to to replace anything, get in touch with companies who specialize in windows and doors, such as this one in Brampton.
How’s the floor?
The floor is one of the most important things to be meticulous about. The most important factors to consider when it comes to floors are the safety, cleanliness, and aesthetics. Are the tiles still in good condition or are there potentially-dangerous sharp edges? If there are, you should either change the tile or cover it to keep it safe. If it’s linoleum, does it look good and well-maintained? Are the carpets clean?
Are the colors of the walls, furniture, curtains, etc. right?
The colors of the walls and furniture, and the positions of the furniture, all contribute to the overall beauty and comfort of the interior of the church. Avoid dark wall colors because it’s a church; it should be as bright so as to aid in the congregation’s experience of Christ as the Light of the World. You can get away with darker furniture; for example, a dark mahogany pulpit will look good against a white wall. A dark curtain is not preferable, since it will block the sunlight. Choose instead a light-colored curtain. When you assess these factors, keep in mind that the goal is to make it as comfortable and light as possible.
Churches around the world are nonprofit organizations. They rely mainly on donations from parishioners and other private individuals. This is the reason why a lot of churches are left without any sign of progress over the years. Cost of church construction and repair is very expensive. Even in Canada where there are a lot of practicing Christians, it is still difficult to build churches that will cater to small communities. Some people even have to drive several miles just to reach the nearest church.
If cost is the main problem why churches and church offices can’t be built, why not reduce expenses using used trailers? A lot of infrastructures have now been built using used trailers. Schools, offices, day care centers, health clinics, stores, restaurants and many others have made use of used trailers due to reduced cost. Trailers are already built and completed structure. The only thing left to do is to redecorate the insides of the trailers to fit the purpose.
Church offices out of trailers have in fact been used in some parts of Canada. Aside from the fact that it is sturdy, it is also mobile. Thus, if the office has charity mission activities, the office can be easily moved to the target location. These trailers may also accommodate a lot of people inside. Thus, aside from the church workers, parishioners and those who have transactions with the church may also go inside.
Though the idea of church offices from trailers seems normal, the idea of having an actual church built from trailers is not necessarily popular. Well, the truth is that it does not necessarily matter what the church is made from. The point of having a church is to have a place where believers of God may gather together for worship. In fact, according to the Bible, where one or two are gathered in God’s name, it can already be called a church. Thus, whether the church is big or small, beautiful or not, as long as people who go there have deep faith, then it can be considered church.
The best part about trailer churches is that they can easily go to several places. Thus, for areas that are barely quite far and where people have to drive several miles just to reach a church, things would be a lot easier. This time, the church will be the one visiting them.
Maintaining the trailer churches is also very easy. Therefore, the church officials need not spend a lot for maintenance cost. There are also a lot of used trailers that are very cheap. Even if the church does not have a lot of funds, these trailers can be easily afforded.
In fact, startup business people have created their offices out of trailers. They felt very comfortable with it and they have drastically reduced their initial cost. If you wish to go for mobile office trailer rentals, you can check this out. If you wish to donate used mobile office trailers to the church, visit http://www.officetrailerpros.com/used-office-trailers.php.
Canada has an active Christian community that reaches out to the masses of all age groups through its ongoing conferences, sessions and events in the church and the universities. The upcoming schedule of some of the most looked forward to church events from May to October in Canada are given below. However, to inculcate and spread kindness, we would like to put forth our recommendations for humble charity items that can be given on the upcoming church events. These items may hold little importance in our day to day lives, since we are blessed with luxuries, but for the underprivileged or social workers who take care of the church, these items mean a lot.
Make a neat package of clean towels, brushes used for body scrubbing, nail filing and cleaning, foot cleaner and hand lotion. The people who undertake the responsibility of keeping the church clean or other social activities, usually remain deprived from these essentials. If they can pamper their tired hands and feet from clean toiletries, it can definitely increase their spirit and lift their energy.
Often time the amount of energy required to clean the grills, windows, garden items and internal places of the church is way more when done manually. Power washers are a great source of comfort for completing these chores. To donate affordable, reliable and efficient power washers, check these power washer reviews. Also, some of the best electric pressure washer categories can be seen in the Power Washer Report.
Packaged Organic Foods
Organic foods are out of reach for most of the social workers. The reason is their high prices, they are unable to afford the good, healthy and nutritious foods. Instead of having organic meals, they have to stick to packed or canned foods or junk food to save money. Dehydrate or prepare organic meals and pack them so that they can be stored and used for almost a week. Make a habit of sending food weekly, since organic food cannot be stored for longer, regular supplies are preferable.
The upcoming charity events in Canada are-
1) Praire Horizons: Unfolding Church
The event is scheduled on May 30th, 2014 at the McClure United Church, Saskatoon SK. The event is based on the importance of inter cultural communication and relationships.
2) WorldPride 2014
Scheduled between June 20th, 2014 to June 29th, 2014 at Toronto, Ontario.
3) Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
For those who are living in Winnipeg, this is a must attend conference. Organized to be held in between June 23rd, 2014 to June 28th, 2014. It will be held at the Center for Christian Studies. The people who are invited to attend according to its content are church leaders.
4) Rendez-vous 2014
University of Manitoba has organized this event for young leaders, youth and leaders of different social communities or from the corporate background. The dates for this event that have been disclosed so far are August 13th, 2014 to August 16th, 2014.
5) Food Week of Action 2014
The importance of food sovereignty and their preservance would be discussed in this conference. Planned to be held in between October 12th, 2014 to October 19th, 2014.
I want to talk about golf this week, in particular about two tournaments that are fast coming up on us. At the end of May we have 2014 John Knox Christian School Tournament and in June it’s the turn of the Prairie Christian College. Both of these tournaments are open to anyone, are a bit of fun and designed to raise money for one or more of the causes supported by the schools.
JKCS Charity Golf Tournament
This tournament takes place on Saturday May 31st at the Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton. It’s not just a golf tournament – it’s a dinner and dance as well and is a lot of fun. Registration fees are as follows but you must book now to be in with a chance:
- Individual golfer – $150 ($175 after May 17th)
- Foursome – $600 ($700 after May 17th)
Early registration will give you automatic entrance to a draw for an iPad Mini.
Your Registration includes:
- Using the Practice Green
- 18 holes
- Golf cart
- Buffet Lunch
- Silent auction
- Putting Green Contest and Holes prize giving
Practice Makes Perfect
Don’t forget to take advantage of the practice green before the tournament starts. Take a golf rangefinder with you and learn how to get your eye in (these are not allowed during the tournament, only in practice). You can find reviews on the best golf rangefinder on this informative website.
Prairie Christian College Tournament
The Prairie Christian College Fourth Annual Golf Tournament is on June 18th at the Three Hills Golf Club in Central Alberta. There is a limit of 72 on the number of golfers so get in early to ensure your place in the tournament.
- Team (foursome) – $600
- Threesome – $525
- Twosome – $350
- Individual – $175
- Display your company logo on the site and receive four golf entitlements for $2500
- Company logo at a specific hole and four entitlements for $1500
- Company logo at a specific hole and 2 entitlements for $1000
- Donate a prize and have your company mentioned at the banquet
Driving for Success
If you are intending to enter either of these tournaments and want to stand the best chance of winning, it’s best to get some practice in now – and every day before the tournament.
- Head to a driving range and practice driving and putting.
- Learn to pace yourself and make each shot count.
- Don’t do too much preparation the day before the tournament. Instead, practice every day for one hour and get plenty of rest the day (and particularly the night) before.
- Build up your mental strength as this is just as important as being able to play the game well
One of the best ways to prepare yourself, particularly in learning how to judge distances, is to use a golf rangefinder in your practice sessions. This will teach you how to work out the distances for yourself on the day. I did a bit of research and found a good website that offers impartial golf GPS reviews.
The last piece of advice I can give you is to have fun and remember that, no matter where you are or what you are doing, God goes with you.
As Christians, it is our duty to help out. God wants us to exert our best effort when it comes to helping other people out. However, even though it is made clear through the word of God that it is our duty to do all we can to improve the lives of other people, so many Christians are not actually charitable. Although many Christians do attend Sunday service and make it a point to observe other religious traditions, many of these Christians actually don’t care about the plight of other less fortunate people. This shouldn’t be the case. As Christians, it is our duty to make sure that we help such people out.
There are many ways Christians can help out. One way is by simply donating money to their church. All churches engage in works of charity, and by simply donating money to them, you can be sure that your money reaches our less fortunate brothers and sisters in a timely manner. It doesn’t matter how much money one donates; so long as it comes from the heart, God will see it as an act borne of virtue. Still, it doesn’t hurt to donate as much as one can. The more money one donates to the church, the more our less fortunate brothers and sisters are able to meet the demands of daily life.
The good news is that one doesn’t have to actually make a huge dent on one’s personal finances when donating a huge amount of money. Today, many charitable Christians are able to donate large sums of money even though they aren’t well off, and this is through binary options trading. By simply creating an account at Banc de Binary or another other legitimate brokerage, one can be sure that they’ll be able to constantly earn a significant amount of money that they can donate to the Church.
What exactly is binary options trading? Binary options trading is a form of online trading that typically just involves choosing between putting or calling on an option. Should one make a correct guess, one will end up earning a fixed amount of money, Considering the ease with which people can do binary options trading, so many Christians, even the ones who don’t have a background in finance, are able to utilize it for the purpose of charity. It’s really just a matter of choosing the right binary options brokerage. So long as one works with a legitimate brokerage (e.g. Banc de Binary) that offers amazing services (e.g. tutorials, binary options trading signals, etc.), one can be sure that they’ll be able to turn binary options trading into a very profitable endeavour.
Hopefully, this post of mine ends up giving so many of my Christian readers a great idea on how they can donate a fair amount of money to their church. It doesn’t matter if you keep 50% of your earnings or even none of it; by doing binary options trading for the purpose of charity, you are definitely doing God’s will.
God gave us one body to be regarded as a temple. However, in this world that we live in it is sometimes hard to understand just what we are supposed to do with our bodies. What is it that God wants us to think about weight-loss pills? What is it that God wants us to think about dieting? What is it that God wants us to think about plastic surgery? There is no information in Scripture that tells us specifically about these things. There are statements that can related to them but we don’t have a clear and direct blueprint of what to do with these new technologies and methods.
In Samuel 16:7 it is written that “the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” In turn we must believe that God did not want us to engage in any sort of bodily “altering” especially for reasons of vanity. However, we must also accept that God wants us to be “happy” as an overall premise of our existence. He wants us to find happiness. He is a good and loving God. So what if it makes us “happy” to look a certain way. What if we are “happier” with a smaller nose? What if we are “happier” with a more robust chin? Does this make us “bad”? Does this make us too vain? It is a hard line to tow, indeed. We can’t believe that in the world we live in such things could make us bad people, overall. We are not hurting anyone in the process of getting cosmetic surgery. It could be argued that we are hurting ourselves, but we are choosing that pain in order to reach a different state of being within ourselves. It begs the question, does our overall path to happiness sometimes outweigh what was written in Scripture so long ago?
In Greek Philosophy there is an idea of the “Golden Mean” that is often regarded as the flagship of human sustainability and true happiness. In the simplest context it can be understood as moderation. If you can find a moderation within every situation and every absolute than you can find happiness, as well. So in the case of changing our appearances maybe we should regard cosmetic surgery as standing outside of the moderation zone. Cosmetic surgery we could consider to be an extreme marker in changing our appearance, whereas smaller procedures like botox, freezing away fat, ridding oneself of unsightly cellulite or varicose veins, could be considered within the moderation zone. Of course, we will never truly know what God would feel about any of these procedures big or small. But, we must find it within our own conscience to decide whether or not something is truly necessary for our well-being and happiness. If we do some soul searching we may decide that we can be happy just the way we are. For more information on varicose vein procedures in Orange County, click here. For more information on varicose vein procedures in Southfield click here!
Many old churches suffer from failing buildings as age begins to weaken the structure. However, this week we have received a report of another issue that many churches face – pests. Certain pests are simply a nuisance, but others can cause major damage to a church building. This story has reminded us that it is important for all churches to conduct a yearly pest inspection to prevent these problems from causing major issues. Let’s take a look at what happened and find out how much damage it ended up causing.
In this case the pests were termites, which we all know can cause major structural damage to the building. They were discovered in the wall of the building and it was immediate that some structural damage had probably occurred. The pastor of the church immediately called for the exterminators and closed the building until it could be inspected. This was a very prudent step and although the building didn’t collapse it is best to err on the side of caution on these circumstances.
Exterminating the problem
The exterminators (see here) arrived later the same day and confirmed that it was a termite problem and that it was fairly extensive. The termites were eradicated with standard chemical spray, but the problems that they caused remained. The exterminators also placed baits around the church as a preventative measure and to prevent a future invasion. These will need to be replaced each year to continue to protect the property.
Discovery of Major Plumbing Issue
The next step was to have a building inspector come and look at the property. Fortunately, the structural damage was mostly cosmetic. However, during his inspection he noticed a major problem with the plumbing. Apparently, a large tree root had grown into the pipes and it was causing a major blockage in the sewerage drain. This meant that the pipes, which were encased in the concrete slab, would have to be repaired.
The plumbing repair was the biggest repair that the church had undertaken in years. It took a team of plumbers, from Proven Provider, three days to complete repairs and another day to lay new concrete. A few other minor problems were discovered during the repair and the plumbing team was nice enough to fix these free of charge. Church members pitched in for the cleanup, which made this part of the process much easier. Despite this, the costs for the project were very high.
The final costs to the church totaled $9,567 and the vast majority of this expense was the major plumbing work. This is a considerable portion of the yearly budget for a small church. Fortunately, the church members held a fundraising effort to cover most of the costs, and without this effort the church may have struggled to pay the bills. This should be a reminder to all church leaders to have their building inspected for pests and major structural damage at least once a year!
It is indeed a high calling to be a leader and a pastor, but it is also incredibly important that pastors try to become successful office managers. When you said yes to the God’s call to ministry, you were in all probability not thinking about managing and supervising the church office. You saw yourself behind the pulpit trying your best to preach the gospel in the finest way, making disciplines, and baptizing people. It is highly likely that trying to dig your way out of tonnes of paperwork and formalities was never part of your dream.
How God Is an Excellent Example
The Bible college students training for ministry are obliged to study all of the God’s attributes. They are taught how God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He is faithful, holy and just. All the students are encourages pursuing righteousness, to follow God’s example and to let the Holy Spirit develop similar traits in their lives. On the other hand, there are some virtues of God that are not frequently taught and rarely discussed in classrooms. For instance, the fact that God is very organized and efficient can change a pastor’s perspective on his responsibilities. He keeps brilliant records, thus, He is an amazing example for you of how you can manage your church office. God plans for the future, and above all, He communicates all of His plans to everybody involved beforehand. He observes devotion and adherence to prearranged procedures and policies. The planets rotate perfectly on course in their exact places. The sun always rises in the east and sets at specific times. Historical record, scriptures and science prove that He doesn’t waste any resources or time. He has always carried out his work efficiently.
Managing the church office: Essential components
There are countless aspects of a church office that are radically unique and different from what they used to be a few years back. The church offices are no longer storage rooms for Sunday school materials and lost Bibles. It is, in fact, a business-oriented, fast paced, bustling area. You must be wondering how a pastor can handle all the management details. Here are some of the vital components involved in the management of a church office:
2. People abilities
3. Processing paperwork
4. Acquiring an efficient staff
5. Disciplining the staff
6. Office setup and layout
7. Procedures and Policies
9. Church office equipment
When it comes to church office equipment, paper shredders are of utmost importance, since it is essential to get rid of extra, unnecessary papers safely in order to keep the office clean. You can hire an efficient and reliable mobile paper shredding service if you do not believe in investing money in paper shredding equipment. If you’re looking for a company that offers every service you’ll need to get rid of all that unwanted documents lying around in your church office check this site out here. They offer impeccable mobile paper shredding service (find out more) that is ideal for churches. Apart from reliable equipment, church office management requires time, determinations, energy, and above all, prayer.
With the homeless and poverty rates soaring throughout the globe, many children are left without gifts when it comes to the holidays. Throughout the years, many have come together in hopes to supply those in need with Christmas cheer. This is truly a noble and joyous cause and will hopefully brighten the lives of many. You might be thinking of getting your church involved in one of these drives and really it’s not too difficult if you have some proper guidelines.
Getting Set Up
First things first, you are going to need a committee, you can put this through your church bulletin that you are looking for volunteers to help for the toy drive, this will give you the extra hands you need to handle anything that is thrown your way. You’re going to need people to help manage, as well as, sort out and distribute the goods once they have been received.
Get the Word Out
One crucial thing you are going to need in order for your drive to be a success is exposure. If no one knows of the drive, consequently, no one will donate. Social Media is a very valuable tool to use on getting the word out and can reach masses in a matter of minutes. Another great way to go about doing so is to try to partner up with the police or fire fighters. They already have a well established name, “Toys for Tots”, that has tons of media exposure that is bound to bring in more traffic to your churches drive.
Receiving the Goods
You can either set up one central location in your church parking lot where people can stop by and drop off their donations, or you can try to set up multiple drop off points throughout your town. There are even some places that are often willing to set up donation points to help out, such as, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Shelters, and other organizations. It’s as simple as one phone call to see whether or not they will be willing to help your church organization out.
This is very important because, with no place to store the gifts, you could find yourself in a bit of a jam. My church personally uses their gym but most churches may not have a place they can use for the vast amounts of gifts that are most likely going to flow in. Here you can either use someone you know with substantial storage space, or you could resort to quick portable storage, for more information about quick portable storage, you can click here.
The two main benefactors to ensuring your drive is a success is to have volunteers at each donation location and to get the word out. Once this is accomplished it’s time to brace yourselves for the wave of gifts that are about to come in. Also, it is important to determine what types of gifts you would like to receive and whether or not they need to be age or gender specific. Without some proper guidelines, who knows what you’ll receive.