02 November 2016
Following on from the recent report on the ‘Teddy Bear Challenge’ at St Mary’s Church in Barton upon Humber, this Sunday (6th November) will see a special service in Hibaldstow that will also tie in with the work of Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoeboxes filled with small gifts and distributes them to those in need around the world at Christmas.
The Revd David Eames, Rector of St Hybald’s Church, explains how the ‘Shoebox Communion’ came about and looks forward to this year’s service...
The Shoebox Communion started a couple of years ago as we wanted to do something to mark the ‘sending out’ of the shoeboxes. Originally, it was just a prayer at the service on the Sunday before they were collected, but then we decided to make a bit more of it, and so we decided to dedicate the whole service to celebrating the shoeboxes. The service is planned and jointly led by myself and Angela Smith, who co-ordinates the collection of the shoeboxes in the parish.
The service we have now is a Common Worship service of Holy Communion, with ‘seasonal’ variations appropriate to the occasion and a special prayer for the shoeboxes and the work of Samaritan’s Purse. Each year we do different things to look at the work of Operation Christmas Child, which have in previous years included watching a DVD about their work and using interactive songs and prayers to think about our responsibility to those who have less than us. However, the central act of every service is the gathering in of the shoeboxes to construct the Communion Table (as shown in the photograph).
The service will be held this Sunday (6th November) at 9.15am at St Hybald’s Church in Hibaldstow (Church Street, Hibaldstow DN20 9ED), and the preacher at the service will be the Ven. Mark Steadman, Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey.
There is also an opportunity to help pack shoeboxes on the evening of Friday, 4th November from 6.30pm at the Church Hall.
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