Elementary Christmas Outreaches
Green wreathes that emit the homey aroma of pine, twinkling lights that delicately dangle off rooftops, and illuminated evergreen trees everywhere proclaim the arrival of Christmas. Directly correlated with the holiday’s feel-good vibes, is the gradual growth of excitement that each new mark on the advent calendar brings. Everyone loves waking up on Christmas morning and sprinting to the tree to rip open the presents, but how many of us really stop to pause and consider just how blessed we are? Four elementary classes have been doing just that—acting upon the burden that God has so evidently placed upon their hearts to give back to those less fortunate.
On December 16, Sharon Whitley’s third-grade class traveled to the “4Kids Foster House,” where they performed a production of the Christmas story. Spreading the love of Christ with their new friends, they presented the kids with a “Happy Birthday Jesus” goody bag that emphasized the true reason for the season. Cindy Holden’s fourth-grade class is also participating in an outreach called “Seed Money for the Kingdom.” Each student receives a dollar to buy cookie ingredients, card-making supplies, and cleaning items and then uses the money raised from their goods and services to support the “Samaritans Purse Foundation.”
Just three days before that, on Sunday, December 13, Kathy Agarth’s third-grade class volunteered at “The Refuge,” where they shared the Good News and love of Christ with the homeless. Meanwhile, Linda Berardo’s first-grade class proved that no one is too young to reach out to the community and reflect God’s love. Today, they assisted “Kids in Distress,” a program that finds homes for children in foster care, and performed a special Christmas presentation for them.
This Christmas, CCA elementary students are courageously putting Christ’s commission of “making disciples” into practice. No matter what your age or what you like to do, there are several opportunities to get involved with outreaches all year long. Based on the examples of these students, CCA truly is making disciples of Jesus Christ that are surrendered and open to wherever God leads them.