Here’s a great plan to “wrap up the year,” and benefit Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) in December!
Ask for donations—wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, bows, and name tags—for the event. Be sure to secure a supply of boxes (various sizes) and scissors.
Choose a date and make announcements early in December that NMI will be wrapping Christmas gifts to raise money for the December NCM Offering.
Encourage participation by inviting everyone to bring gifts to the church on the given date and allow volunteers (NMI council will do nicely for starters) to “Wrap It Up.” You can ask that people donate any amount for the wrapping, or you can make a chart with various prices for differentsized boxes.
Offer a light snack—brownies and a drink or a slice of pie and coffee. (You can decide whether or not to charge for them.) This adds to the merriment, and additional money would add to the offering. Set up a few tables where “customers” can chat and snack while waiting for their finished packages.
Play festive Christmas music—live or recorded! If someone in the church has a karaoke machine, it would provide additional entertainment. This event will surely be repeated year after year!
Judi Wiegman Grand Prairie Family Church of the Nazarene, Texas