Anglicare Christmas Appeal

10 Nov

At Church in the Bank we have set a bit of an ambitious target of collecting 500 goods to fill hampers for Anglicare’s Christmas Appeal.  Every year Anglicare prepares non-perishable food hampers to help local families in need at Christmas.  At first collecting 500 tins of food seemed alot for a group of 100 odd but when we considered the desperate need of some families at Christmas it really seems like a small target.  I’m hoping we collect much more!!

For some families, receiving a hamper will mean the difference of being able to buy gifts for their children at Christmas or not and that really put things into perspective for us as a congregation.  Our hope is that as we deliver these hampers together at Church in the Bank that the families who we meet will know that God loves them in Jesus, that we love them as a church and that we are here in the St George Community to love and serve them in any way we can.  Anglicare’s mission statement is a great one.  They seek to see ‘Lives Changing and Communities Growing by Care through Jesus Christ.  It is a privilege to partner with them in this ministry.

Wherever the gospel has gone the bible is emphatic that those who have been changed by the saving grace of God to us in Jesus Christ will always especially care for the outcast, the widow and the orphan.  It’s just what we do!

As James says ‘Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.‘ (James 1:27).

In Carlton, Bexley, Bexley North and Kogarah there are many people in different types of desperate need, who are excluded and marginalised.  As those who have experienced grace we have the opportunity to show that same grace to others and seek to meet their spiritual, physical, material and emotional needs.

Here’s a list of items that you may want to bring along to one of our congregations to help with Church in the Bank’s target of 500 items by next Sunday!



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