Created on Sunday, 08 November 2015 09:59
Written by Element Christian Church
Christmas For Kids Ministry needs volunteers to take children shopping for Christmas and to commit to being part of an ongoing ministry to these children during 2016.
What: We want to reach out to children in our community of friends and neighbors who may not have a Christmas without our support. This isn’t about purchasing gifts, it is about offering relationship, building trust, and demonstrating Jesus’ love to hurting families or those who may not know Him.
When: Our kickoff Christmas breakfast and shopping spree will be Saturday, December 19 at 8:30am, beginning at Element. We ask that you pair with your GC, Women’s Ministry member, or other Element members to continue throughout 2016 ministering and building relationship with the children (see attached brochure).
Why: Christmas for Kids began at Element 8 years ago to assist children who need assistance but do not receive government or other charitable organization Christmas gifts. The ministry has grown but we have not seen solid relationships built, which is why we are expanding with a focus that extends throughout 2016. We are asking Element to commit to growing this ministry beyond just a one day shopping event. We want to make a difference in these children’s lives and in our communities.
Download our Brochure with ways to get involved with Christmas For Kids! and ways to be involved in kid's lives through out the next year!
Created on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:28
Written by Trevor Carpenter
"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" (Matthew 25:40 ESV)
Take a moment to envision with me a common experience in any city in the US.
You're in middle school and come home from school to find someone from Child Protective Services (CPS) and a police officer waiting for you. They tell you that your single parent made a mistake, and you're going to have to go with CPS so that they can find you a safe place to sleep tonight.
Situations like this happen often, but there other times when the situation has no criminal or law enforcement element.
A teenager might have the wherewithal to know what to grab on the way out of the house. But what if it's a crime scene now, and you cannot even enter your own home? What if all you have is your backpack for school and a skateboard?
Here in the Santa Maria Valley, we have this outreach that helps prepare people like the CPS staff with the most basic of items that they can have ready for situations just like this. They call them GoBags.
At Element, we've helped put together these GoBags in the past, and we're doing it again. During the month of November, after each service, there will be a table set up where you can get any questions answered, and pick up a large zip lock bag with all the instructions. You can choose between making up a bag for an infant, toddler, school-aged child, or a teenager.
All we ask is that you go purchase the items on the list and return the bags to us within the month of November. These are regular items that you would need to make that first few nights not as bad as it could have been. The list has common items for their first nights such as: Pajamas, a Toothbrush, Socks, a Blanket, and a small toy or coloring book. We ask that these are new items for safety and hygiene reasons.
Then just bring the filled bag, along with the original instruction card, to the GoBag booth before or after the service you attend.
Again, we’ll be doing this all of November. Please take the time to consider how supporting children with GoBags can and does impact our community here in the Santa Maria Valley.
"But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'” (Matthew 19:14 ESV)
Created on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:28
Written by Element Christian Church
This year at Element we are doing something we have never attempted, we are celebrating a season of the church calendar called Advent
. This will be arriving to you in the form of an Advent booklet that we have been painstakingly putting together for the last few months. On November 22nd
we will all take this Advent journey together as a church. It will start in a time of sober reflection that should (and will, in our case) lead to a time of loud joy.
Advent takes place over the four weeks that lead up to Christmas, with each week being a reflection of Christmas (Christ’s) fulfillment. Why are we doing Advent this year? I would love to explain.
As a culture, even in churches, we tend to forget what Christmas truly entails. We buy gifts, run to parties, eat too much, possibly drink too much, and when Christmas is over we feel the presence of Christ less than when we started. This should never happen as the point of Christmas is Jesus, the word Christmas even starts with “Christ.”
So, prepare the way…and prepare yourselves. There will be more coming.