Sylvania United Church of Christ has promoted Alternative Christmas gifts through Global Ministries for their congregation since 2010. A group of four members have led the Church’s efforts in ensuring Alternative Gifts are available for families and individuals to send and honor loved ones during the advent season in addition to or in lieu of presents.
This dedicated group of volunteers goes through materials from Global Ministries each year and chooses a few project areas for the church to focus on for the season. This way, their combined gifts can make a greater gift for the work of global partners. Kathy Tashima, the former Director of Congregational Life at Sylvania United Church of Christ, commented, “Congregants have found this to be a creative way to shop for the holidays, and they enjoy giving meaningful gifts that impact the well-being of others.” Sylvania UCC has supported the life-giving work of partners around the world through their congregation’s participation in Alternative Christmas.
To learn more about Alternative Giving with Global Ministries, click here.