Guest post by Brad Bogue, Senior Director of Family Ministry

This month, elementary Sunday school is looking deeply at compassion, caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. Compassion starts not within us, but from the very heart of God. God lovingly saw our great need to be saved from the depths of our sin and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Rescuer.

This Advent season is a wonderful time to teach your family about loving like Jesus through acts of compassion. Here are some ideas:

1) Shop for donations for the BDC Christmas Store in the Seabrook lobby before and after worship services on Sunday, Dec. 9. The BDC Christmas Store focuses on giving parents the dignity of selecting and providing gifts for their children. | Learn more

2) Serve at Room in the Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Room in the Inn-Memphis recruits local communities of faith to open their doors to unsheltered neighbors during the coldest months of the year. Christ Church sponsors a night at Room in the Inn on the second Wednesday of each month from November through March. Contact Grant Caldwell. | Learn more

3) Participate in the Life Choices of Memphis Baby Bottle Drive—Change for Life—by visiting the nursery lobby. Pick up a baby bottle in the nursery check-in area and fill it with your spare change or other donation. Drop off the bottle at the Seabrook Hall information desk, and we will get them to Life Choices. By doing so, the community is helping save the lives of unborn babies and helping their mothers learn about Jesus.

4) Sign up to be Salvation Army bell ringers. The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been a holiday tradition since 1891. The money raised during the kettle campaign is used to bring joy and relief to those in need throughout the entire year. When you volunteer to stand at the kettles, you’re not just ringing a bell, you’re changing lives and strengthening the community. | Sign up

5) Send Christmas love to military serving overseas. The USO Wishbook is an alternative-giving catalog. The gifts you purchase from the USO Wishbook allow you to recognize a special occasion while directly benefiting troops and their families. | View wishbook

6) Bake cookies for an elderly neighbor. This is a fun way to share the joy of the season with someone while also showing that you care.

7) Donate nonperishable food to a local food pantry. By providing food for families, children and seniors, you can impact their lives by solving one of the biggest struggles they face: getting enough nutritious food to eat to live a healthy life. | Learn more about the Mid-South Food Bank

8) Purchase items through New Life Ethiopia’s Christmas catalog for children in orphanages or to help Ethiopian churches. These items can make a profound difference in the lives of those served by New Life Ethiopia. Items for the orphanages include cribs, formula, cloth diapers and soccer balls. Or you can help local churches by purchasing Bibles and leadership training or contributing to the building of a church. | View catalog 

9) Serve as greeters or communion servers at Christmas Eve services. Welcome people into the Lord’s house as we prepare to worship and celebrate the birth of His Son. We would also love for you to help serve the Lord’s Supper during our family service at 4 p.m. Contact Andrew Grissom.

10) Invite a friend to join you for Christmas Eve services. Share the Good News: Christ is born! | Get details
4 p.m. | Family Service
5:30-7 p.m. | Communion
8 p.m. | Candlelight Service

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