Christmas shoebox appeal

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organisation. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United Kingdom to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.

A picture of a few of the 45 boxes that have been packed and sent to Samaritan’s Purse.

A big thank you to all of you who contributed in some way either by donating goods or by giving money to help send the boxes (£5 per box).

They have been taken to the Bathpool Chapel in the Bridgwater Road. From there they will go to a central depot and eventually by lorry, probably to somewhere in Eastern Europe.

Liz Harper

St George’s Churchyard Tidy

The Churchyard at St. George’s Ruishton enjoyed a good tidy, in addition to its regular maintenance, and its walls were relived of much of the ivy that had grown over, along with bushes and trees being trimmed and pruned.

The team, led by Peter Sherry, enjoyed a great time of activity and fellowship and, of course, coffee and biscuits. It was a really good time spent.

We did not quite manage to get everything finished and will be meeting again as a team on Saturday 20th November. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us. We could really do with some help, so if you are free, then bring a pair of gloves and maybe a pair of shears or a rake. We meet at 9.30am and would be very grateful for any time and energy you could spare.

With many thanks to Peter and all the team who met and who regularly keep our Churchyard looking so wonderful.

Thank you all so much, Revd. Lee