On the first Sunday in December, Peace Church holds a
Living Gift Market" to
give "Alternate Gifts" for Christmas and the Holidays.
In our modern society so many people seem caught up in giving gifts of "things" to the special people in their lives – but there are many families who feel like they already have too many "things." In contrast, there are many, many people around the world, and in our own country, who not only do not have too many "things" but they don't even have enough food to give to their children! Alternate gifts bring these two together. A gift is given to a hungry or needy family in honor of that special person, so that the loved one is honored and the hungry family is helped. When the gift is given through Heifer International, perhaps as a cow or goat that produces milk, or a flock of chicks that can grow up and provide eggs, the gift is of value not only at Christmas time but throughout the year. And the gift keeps on giving as families that receive animals pass on offspring to other families, thereby expanding the circle of benefits for years to come.
Various classes and groups within the church set up "booths" in our Fellowship
Hall where they promote their particular "animal" – from bees to trees, or ducks
to buffalo. When a shopper purchases an animal they receive a gift card that
can be given or sent to the one being honored. One class also promotes the Greensboro
Urban Ministry honor card, so that support can be given to needy families and
individuals right here in our community. There is a true holiday spirit throughout
the event. A simple meal is available, our children present a short Christmas
play and we welcome visitors throughout
the evening, with one coming from as far away as the North Pole!.
The 2008 Living Gift Market will be on December 7, 2008, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
Visitors are welcome to drop in or spend the evening with us.