- Phone: (732) 349-5367
- Mailing Address: 1528 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08755
Each year we encourage our St. Andrew members and friends to participate in Operation Christmas Child by building gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children around the world. Our annual project kicked-off this year on July 19 under the banner of “Christmas In July”. We have already handed out dozens of empty OCC decorated shoeboxes for our members and friends to start packing – and we have more shoeboxes available to share. If you would like empty OCC decorated shoeboxes to pack, please reach out to our Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the church office.
This year Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week (NCW) is November 16 – 23! St. Andrew is a Central Drop Off for Operation Christmas Child. We are currently recruiting short-term volunteers to help with this project during NCW. If you would like to know more about those volunteer opportunities, please reach out to our Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the church office.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. What goes into a shoebox is fun (all of those fun gifts for a child), but what comes out is eternal! Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their family and friends listen in.
Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. Operation Christmas Child distributes these shoebox gifts to children in desperate situations around the world including boys and girls who suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts.
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click on this link: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20
Thank you and God bless you!
NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK AT ST. ANDREW UMC PHOTOS