Hope - Sunday, November 28th - Toy Drive Sunday: For the first Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing an unwrapped gift, book, game, puzzle or craft project for children aged newborn to teenager for the annual Toy Drive. Often gifts for the teenagers are the ones most needed. When in doubt, a gift certificate or financial donation is welcomed and allows the Toy Drive Elves in Santa’s Workshop to purchase items that are most needed closer to the distribution days. Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip By-The-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to the “Toy Drive” for this collection. There are also bins in various malls if you are not coming to church right now. For more details about the Toy Drive, see their website: Nanaimo Toy Drive
Peace - Sunday, Dec 5th - Hamperville Sunday: For the second Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing either a financial or food donation towards Hamperville. This supports the Christmas hampers that are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday season. Please remember that for every dollar that is donated, Loaves and Fishes is able to obtain almost $6 worth of food. Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip By-The-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to “Hamperville” for this collection. If you would like to know more about Hamperville and also see how you might volunteer to help, please check out their website: Hamperville Nanaimo
Joy - Sunday, Dec 12th – Skivvies, Socks and Blankets Sunday: For the third Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider purchasing new, still in their packages, men’s and/or women’s underwear and/or warm socks. Alternatively, you could purchase a warm blanket or hats and gloves. These items will be provided to local shelters to be distributed to those in need at this time of year.
Love – Sunday, Dec 19th - PWRDF Sunday (The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The funds collected will be donated towards items in the PWRDF’s gift-giving catalogue by the Outreach Group, which includes Maureen Lawrence. Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip By-The-Sea and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to the “PWRDF” for this collection. Or, go online shopping in the PWRDF “world of gifts” catalogue from the comfort of your own home and show your love to others. You can access the catalogue and information about their Advent reflections by going to their website: https://pwrdf.org