This Christmas season we are encouraging our church community to make time to serve others in and throughout Langley. We have connected with the organizations we have served alongside in previous years, and they are thrilled to have our support again. If you have any questions, please contact our Helping Hands coordinator, Julie Solmes. Below are the service opportunities we invite you to take advantage of.
*Each serving opportunity will follow Covid-19 safety protocols.
Saturday, November 28th (11am)
Help install Christmas lights at the outside courtyard of the Fort Langley Seniors Home.
Volunteer Coordinator: Jim Shopland
We have a wonderful opportunity to serve Fraser Valley Institution for Women again this Christmas. For the last two years, we have provided gift bags for each resident at this federal prison through Helping Hands. The response has been overwhelmingly positive! These gifts bags are the talk of the prison for months - even around the year! Memories of receiving these gifts often come up in conversations among both staff and residents. We need your help to pack these gift bags! In addition, we need volunteers who are willing to also hand write messages in Christmas greeting cards which will accompany each gift bag.
Volunteer Coordinator: Roxana Kreklo
December 18-20 2020 (plus dates for setup & teardown)
Living Waters Church will be having a Food Drive for the Langley Food Bank that will include a light display at the front of our church building for people to enjoy as they drop-off items. We will need help with the setup and tear-down for the light displays and also with the food drive.
Volunteer Coordinator: Reuben Kramer
Fort Langley Seniors Home is looking for volunteers in 3 areas:
1. Christmas Card Writing
2. Window Painting on their building
3. Dementia Board (wooden activity boards for seniors)
Volunteer Coordinator: Helen Schmale
November 13th - December 24th (Mondays-Saturdays)
The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Christmas Kettles is in need of your help! A shift is typically 2.5 to 3 hours long. Gateway is limiting the number of groups to 3 people only at a time and they will provide the PPE.
Volunteer Coordinator: Courtney Bridge
Living Waters Church will once again be putting hampers together for families in need from our church community and our surrounding neighbourhoods. You can sign up as an individual or as a group to contribute to a hamper.
Creekstone Place is Langley’s first supportive housing unit. It has become a safe place to call home for 49 people who had previously lived on the streets of Langley. This Christmas, we have an opportunity to show love and care to each resident of Creekstone Place, as well as every staff member who is serving to meet the needs of this unique community, through the simple act of handwriting a Christmas card and attaching a small gift of home baking. If you have a love of writing, a gift for encouraging or enjoy baking and would like to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to touch the hearts of “the least of these” at this special time of the year, please sign up.
Volunteer Coordinator: Janet Bennett
This year, Encompass welcomes you to help the families in their Best Babies program celebrate Christmas together at home. In lieu of the usual seasonal party thrown for their members, the organizers have decided to create beautiful baskets full of fun activities and we would like to contribute a Christmas story to each basket. This time of year is always a challenge for many single parents, young mothers and low-income families but this year we need to share Jesus abundant Love and Joy more than ever. We are asking for a $15 donation that will purchase a book to enjoy at home, and be reminded of the true meaning of the season!
Volunteer Coordinator: Christina Bralovich
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the nation of India with its 1.3 billion people have been navigating changing rules around the ability to move around their communities. Although this has positively affected the rate of infection, the poor, downcast, migrant workers and all underprivileged sectors of society have suffered immeasurably.
Our Global Workers, Cristo & Sarah Emmanuel in Chennai, India, have endeavored to meet the needs of people in their community despite the barriers and difficulties of venturing out and the challenge of finance. They distributed bread and jam (easy to store and use for those without cooking instruments/refrigerators) to 500 people and several weeks’ worth of provision to 80 families.
Christo and Sarah are making preparations to again launch activities to meet the needs of those in distress at this time including provisional boxes (Blessing Boxes), fresh meals for the poor, needed supplies distribution and more.
This Christmas season, we would ask you to share a meal with a family in Chennai, India!
Step 1 – Give financially. For every $15 CDN you give, Christo and Sarah are able to provide a Blessing Box with fresh food and needed supplies for a family in Chennai. You can give by clicking on the “Give” button on the top of the Living Waters webpage (lwchurch.ca) and then choose "Global Work" (either Fort Langley or Willoughby) from the dropdown menu. In the comments please type in "Chennai Blessing Boxes." Remember to indicate the amount that you wish to donate.
Step 2 – Make a meal. We will provide you with an ingredients list and recipe for you to make a meal to share with those in your household which would be similar to the meals that families would make with the contents of their Blessing Box that you have kindly provided for them.
Step 3 – Take a photo. Take a selfie of you enjoying your meal and we will send those to Chennai to be shared with the families there. In our pandemic world, this is how we can share a meal with someone across the world.
Volunteer Coordinator: Ryan Bedwell
Due to new Covid-19 restrictions, this event has been cancelled.
Volunteer Coordinator: Marion Godfrey