What is Compassion?
Our Compassion Ministry is right at the heart of who we are as we seek to see the life and the love of Jesus bless every person and every part of the Lagan Valley.
Throughout November, we will be engaging our church family community in Love Lagan Valley at Christmas. This includes creating gift packs, donating money or food items, writing handwritten cards, and providing care for those who are alone during the holiday season.
So – how can you get involved?
To best direct your generosity, we’ve created 4 pathways for giving that you can choose from. Choose one or choose them all! Just make sure you follow the proper sign ups to let us know.
By purchasing items for an Adult Gift, you will be providing someone at a local refuge with a Christmas gift or a welcome pack. These thoughtful items help people feel loved and seen. Our aim is to make enough gifts to provide charities with welcome packs for an entire year. Sign up to make an Adult Gift here.
We want to see every family experience joy together this Christmas! A brilliant way to help families who may be struggling at this time of year is to purchase items for a Family Gift. These treats have been chosen to help increase the bond between children and their parents/carers. Sign up to make a Family Gift here.
One of the easiest ways you can help with Love Lagan Valley is to donate financially! Donated funds can purchase extra items for packs, provide much needed items to families in need, and increase what is available to charities who we partner with. Make a donation here.
Some of our charity partners need specific gifts to give to individuals, like children whose parents are in prison or young people who are in care. These individual gifts might provide the only Christmas present they receive this year – and we want to make sure they experience love, joy, peace, and hope! If you are interested in purchasing an individual gift, please pick up one of the cards with gift details in the Lagan Valley Vineyard Church Venue.
If you have any questions about any of these ways to give, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation!
Once you have bought your gift, bring it to Lagan Valley Vineyard on Sunday, 3rd December for Hamper Sunday! This will ensure all of our gifts and donations are ready for agency collection during our Partnership Lunch.
After all of your Love Lagan Valley gifts have been collected on Sunday, 3rd December, they will be given to charities when they join us for a Partnership Lunch. Every year we invite all the staff from local charities for a special lunch at our Venue. We use this time to reflect on the year and look into the future of how we can bring more help and care to the Lagan Valley region. It’s also a great way to connect with other agencies, and share stories of encouragement! We are looking forward to welcoming the following charities in this year:
Everyone is welcome to join in with community at Lagan Valley Vineyard!
If you would like to reach out, to connect to church, to start a conversation or to receive care, you can contact us here.
If you (or someone you know) is in need…
We would love to help you connect to the support you need.
Do you need help with your debt, but aren’t sure where to go? Great news! Debt help is available to you through our friends at CAP. To take your first step out of debt, call the friendly New Enquiries team who will arrange your first appointment with your local Debt Coach.
0800 328 0006
Calls are free from UK landlines and mobile numbers between Monday to Thursday, 9:30AM to 5PM, and Friday, 9:30AM to 3:30PM.
The last Sunday of every month is Foodbank Sunday!
During Foodbank Sunday, we set aside some intentional time for our friends at the Lisburn Foodbank and the important work they do through sharing stories and collecting food donations.
You can find an updated list of urgent needs for the foodbank on their website.
VOLUNTEER WITH COMPASSION
Throughout the year, we create environments for you to serve our community in the most practical and creative ways. Everyone gets to join in with home and garden makeovers, giving generously, helping people with food and fuel needs, connecting people with partner organisations, and by doing what we do best – conversation and prayer.
Compassion Volunteers give time and skills to help people in their homes or local communities. When we do, we learn about what God’s love looks like in action. We call this “seeing God’s Kingdom come” around us. When the church helps with their hands, it often helps others experience the love and life of Jesus in a meaningful way. Jesus’ shows His love through the church being generous and proactive with honest lives.
There are incredible stories of people finding hope, healing, community, health and even employment and release from debt or fear through the power of the Holy Spirit. It all starts when we help. How amazing that one or two hours of your time could change a life in a remarkable way!
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