EDITORIAL – December 2017

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EDITORIAL – December 2017

EDITORIAL
This month our creche family is making its way day
by day from home to home around the parish and
will be back in church with us for the Christmas
services.
One way we celebrate the coming of the Christ-
child is with gifts for others.
This Christmas St Aidan’s Community is offering its
members four(4) different ways to get together and
give to the local community and wider world.We
hope you will join in all or some of these.
FIRST
Bring gifts to put under our Christmas tree to be
taken across the road for the children resident at de
Paul House.
SECOND
Bring food for Christmas treats from the Food bank.
THIRD
Help buy stationary vouchers for the start of school
for some of the families de Paul House is in touch
with.
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FOURTH
Support our joint gift for the Christian World Service
Christmas Appeal this month.
1.GIFTS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE
De Paul House is delighted that we are thinking of
their families this Christmas.
At present they have 54 children in residence, all
ages :
newborn and up to 3 months x 6,
preschool x 20,
p rimary school x15
teenagers x10 (2 taking large adult size clothing the
rest medium)
(+ some not stated).
Boys and girls in approximately equal numbers
except more teenage boys.
Some suggestions they have made for gifts are as
follows:
Toiletries,new underwear,new
socks,jandals,chocolates,beach towels.
Things we take for granted are often treats for these
families.
Wrapping paper
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Please do not wrap the presents yourself as they like
to tailor the gifts to their families and the parents can
enjoy wrapping the gifts.
2.FOOD BANK
Christmas treat suggestions are:
Nuts and raisins 500g, packet of lollies 500g, savoury
biscuits, reduced cream, chocolates, canned fruit,
jelly and chips, Christmas mince tarts and Christmas
cake or pudding, shortbread and chocolate biscuits.
The items are taken to the Salvation Army depot
430 Glenfield Road.
(NB Fresh fruit or vegetables delivered to the depot
Mon Wed Fri 9.30 -12 is appreciated too.)
4. STATIONARY VOUCHERS
At the start of the school year parents have to come
up with $60+ per child for their school stationary. We
plan to give vouchers via de Paul House to families
who will find this a great burden at the start of the
2018 .
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3.CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL
C W S w a n t s a l l p e o p l e t o h a v e
food,water,dignity,justice and lives free from
violence.They have for many years been working
with committed local partners because they are most
likely to make long lasting change for the poorest
people.
What our contribution can do.
$35 will enable a Tongan woman to attend a training
on how to prepare for a disaster.
$366 will pay for the CWS contribution to a rainwater
tank in Uganda
$104 will train 5 women and Dalit local council
presidents in South India.
$27 will pay for 25 new trees or vegetable tubers in
the Phillipines
$358 will pay a week’s salary for a teacher in
Lebanon.
HOW TO JOIN IN THIS EFFORT
Bring presents and food contributions to Sunday
church service or leave at Church Office during the
week.
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Financial contributions. Put in a labelled envelope in
the offering on Sunday or use internet banking.
Our account is St Aidans’
Account number 02-01130024699-00.
In the reference please include your NAME (f you
want a receipt for tax purposes at the end of the
financial year) DONATION, and stationary/CWS as
applicable.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year! Barbara