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Christmas is a time that sparks the light of Jesus: his joy, peace, and hope. Each year we find ourselves inspired to somehow spread his “good news of peace and joy.” We share meals, enjoy laughter, give gifts, and make memories.

This season – these moments – remind us of the words Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Through 2022’s Hope Project, we can share these “gifts.” We can serve our neighbors by claiming a tag to meet a need or by helping at a local community event. We can invite our friends to be with us, inviting them to experience the hope of Christmas in a unique way. And through it all, we can ensure that the best of the holidays shows up exactly where it’s needed. We can be a part of bringing joy to our world.

At Christmas, we remember and celebrate that God has given us His Son to bring peace and redemption. He nudges us and gives us opportunity to give, serve, and love. Let’s do all we can to ‘repeat the sounding joy’ of our Savior.

WAYS TO BE A PART OF THE HOPE PROJECT 

SERVE

Sign up to volunteer at one of the upcoming community events. Browse the event list below. Get a hold of the event organizers and explore how you can help.

Or

INVITE A FRIEND

Spending time with others is a great opportunity to spread hope. Whether it’s with a friend, family member, neighbor, or casual acquaintance, we’d encourage you to check out these different spaces that you can invite a friend too.

SERVE

There are so many ways we can serve our city and global partners this time of year. This could include preparing a meal, dropping of toys for kids or volunterring. Check out some of the ways you can serve this season.

INVITE

A FRIEND

In a season that has been uncertain and hard, at times, we want to continue to be people who share hope with others. We have created a few unique spaces for you to invite your neighbors, friends, and family. We hope this is a space where we can build relationships and prayerfully wait for the “no-brainer moment.” If these spaces do not work for you, we encourage you to pray on your own, or as a family, about the ways that you can “invite a friend” this Christmas season. Want some help thinking that through? Text 330-664-9995

WAYS TO SERVE

Claim A Tag & Buy Items for our City Partners

Nov 4th – Dec 4th 

One of the ways we serve as a church is by giving. Hundreds of items are needed to serve our city and global partners this time of year. These items are used to stock the Christmas stores, continue programming needs, and bless families during the holidays. Our global partners will be using these funds to help continue food pantry programs, the building of community centers, and providing for school and church needs.

First Glance Christmas Party

December 15th (set up December 14th)

7-9pm

First Glance needs volunteers to serve and provide childcare during their annual Christmas party.

Urban Vision Christmas Store

December 13th 

5:00-7:30pm

Come and help students shop for Christmas gifts for their friends and family. You must be 15 years old to serve at the Store.

The Landing Christmas Meal

December 17th 

Help set up, serve and eat with the community in and around Middlebury Chapel for Christmas!

The Garage Toy Drive

Sign up to pass out toys at the drive through Christmas event at The Garage in Wadsworth!

Restore Christmas Meal

Sign up to prepare and drop off side dishes for the Christmas meal at Restore Addiction Recovery!

South Street Christmas Store

December 10th 

Come and help students shop for Christmas gifts for their friends and family. You must be 16 years old to serve at the store. 

The Garage Christmas Gathering

December 12th 

Help in providing dinner, dessert, or a craft for dinner from 6:30-8:30pm

Assemble Landing Christmas Boxes

This opportunity is currently full. We would love for you to sign up for a different serving opportunity or consider taking a tag!

The Landing Thanksgiving Meal

Thank you to everyone who served at this opportunity. If you missed this, you can still sign up for Christmas serving opportunities.

Crossings Thanksgiving Gift Assembly

This serving opportunity has been filled. Please consider signing up for another serving opportunity or take a tag!

INVITE A FRIEND

Remember

December 5th at 6:30pm in the Ghent Auditorium

We all have loved ones we miss. This year, what if we took time to remember?

Join us for a free event at Grace Church as we remember the people we miss and look to the future with hope together. Enjoy music, hear an encouraging message from a pastor, and light a candle in remembrance.

Movie Night

December 16th at 7:30pm-10:00pm in the Ghent Auditorium

Who doesn’t like a pancake bar, hot chocolate, and a Christmas movie? Come and have a fun night with your friends and watch the movie Elf! Ages 13 and up only, please. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Game Night

December 10th from 9pm-2am in the Ghent Student Center

Come out and join the gamers and gaming community in our first cross-platform and tabletop Game Event. Bring your pc or console and your monitor to play the games you love alongside other gamers. We will have table space and ethernet hook ups ready for you to get online. If you don’t have a system, we will have 5 Xbox systems and games available to play. If you love Tabletop, we will have multiple games set up and ready to go with explanations for all tabletop games provided. We will have pizza, snacks, and a soda machine. Along with prizes given out through the night. Questions? Text 330-664-9995

No sign-up needed. (18+ unless accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Hospital Gift Bag Assembly

December 14th at 6pm at the Montrose Location 

This serving opportunity is currently full! Please consider signing up for another opportunity or taking part in the Hope Project by taking a tag. 

Grace Church Christmas Program

December 21st – 24th at the Ghent Location

Join us for a family friendly way to celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Show up early to enjoy the winter wonderland experience!

If you know a family in need, please reach out to us at bathgiveitaway@graceohio.org