Monthly Archives: November 2011

Giving Tree Gifts and Gift Cards

There are giving tree gifts you can donate on the tables in both the entrance ways at the church. If you take a gift to purchase please also sign up for it on the sheet.


-Kids Alley gifts are due by Sunday December 10

-Youth on the Move and specific gifts are due by Sunday Dec 18

We are also collecting gift cards for local families in need for grocery stores, Walmart, Target etc. The gift card box is also in the entrance way.

Upcoming Christmas Advent Programs

This year our children and youth choirs, dance classes and actors will be participating in our Advent worship services. We encourage all parents to join us in the services your child is participating in and feel free to invite guests to either our 9:30 am or 11:00 am service as well as the 10:30 fellowship time between services. Parents, please have your children at both services for at least their part in the service on their scheduled week. Please know that you are always to welcome to attend any service or ministry as well. The following are the dates the groups will be sharing:

Dance Classes – Sunday, December 4th

Youth Choir – Sunday, December 11th

Wee Worship Hand Bell Choir – Sunday, December 18th

Advent Skit Groups
• Group 2 – Sunday, December 4th
• Group 3 – Sunday, December 11th
• Group 4 – Sunday, December 18th

Kids Alley “Just CHRISTmas” contribution information

Kids Alley is a Christian Ministry whose mission is to empower children in the city of Camden, NJ for success. They are now preparing to give the children at Kids Alley and their families a memorable Christmas celebration. I am inviting our partnering churches with Kids Alley to help us make this Christmas more than the children have ever imagined. “Just CHRISTmas” is the theme of our celebration on Dec. 17 to be held at Christ the King. The festivities include a delicious luncheon, wrapped gifts for every child, Christmas presentations and award ceremony.

The following is a list of needed items and volunteers that will make Dec. 17 “Just Christmas” for all 350 children and their families. I would appreciate it if you would consider posting this information for your church members to sign up to contribute any of the needed items and/or to serve at the Kids Alley “Just CHRISTmas” celebration. We will need to know of your church’s commitments by December 5. Together we can make this Christmas extra special for the children at Kids Alley.

Luncheon Needs
Cooked Turkey meat – 131 pounds
Cooked Macaroni & Cheese – 14 pans
Green Beans – 7 large cans
Corn – 7 large cans
Rolls – 20 dozen
Desserts – cakes & cookies

Serving Ware
Napkins, forks
spoons & knives
500 cups

Chinese Auction
20 Gift Baskets

8:30 – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 4:30pm

Financial donations towards the rental of 3 buses to transport the children and families to the Christmas event. Please have your contact person let us know what your church can commit to. E-mail us at or call us at 856-340-1710. Once we hear from your contact we will also keep that person updated on the progress of the preparation.

Thank you and God bless you.

Vivian Tan, Director, Kids Alley

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A testimony of service

Read Proverbs 22:6 
Growing up in the church, I have many fond memories of the various outreach activities my church made available to the members to help teach the children about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. I even still remember some of the songs we sang. The fact that I enjoyed church as a child helped me keep coming back to the church throughout my life. Many years later when I had children of my own, I had hoped to find a church similar to the one I attended growing up so my children could have the same opportunity to learn about God and grow up in Christian fellowship. Unfortunately, I was not that lucky; however, this past summer I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help other children learn about Christ by assisting with Ashland’s sports and arts camp in July and then again in August for VBS. The biggest difference between attending as a child and helping as an adult is that Ashland not only cares for their member’s children, but all the children in the community. Seeing the children excited to learn about Jesus and asking questions made it an eye opening experience. I only wish I had more time to help out, as it is not only the children that benefits from attending these types of events, the adults also learn and grow.

Jennifer Riddle
Challenge: How can you help share the message of Christ with the children and youth in your community and help them grow up in Christian fellowship?  
Prayer Focus: Father, you said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Show me how I can bring your love to the children in my community and help them grow up in your love.

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