City Missioner encourages parishes to make a difference this Christmas

City Missioner encourages parishes to make a difference this Christmas

From: Murray Edridge, the Wellington City Missioner

Your parish can make a difference for people in need this Christmas.

Christmas should be a time of celebration, but unfortunately for thousands of people across the Wellington region it’s filled with anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness. You can help make a difference for local families and individuals in need by supporting The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star Appeal.

There are lots of ways you can get involved this Christmas:

Walk of Fame
Our Walk of Fame is an exciting art-installation that will be displayed on Wellington’s waterfront during the month of December. You can get your name or logo on a Hollywood Walk of Fame-style star, and each star represents families being supported this Christmas and beyond. Stars range in price, starting at $100 for an Individual/Group star. You may like to get a star for yourself, your family, your grandchildren, or even your pets – there are so many creative names that people have put on their stars in the past. Or maybe your parish, women’s group, or youth group could band together to get a star! Click here to order a star or please contact sarah@wgtncitymission.org.nz for more information.

Collect on our Street Day

You can be part of our annual Street Day Collection on Friday 7 December. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to help us collect across the Wellington region and we’d love to have you as part of the team. All the funds collected on Street Day support our Christmas Star Appeal. Click here to visit our page on Sign Up to see the different collection sites available and sign up for one that suits you. Alternatively, contact our Street Day Coordinator Ella directly on ella@wgtncitymission.org.nz or 04 245 0882.

Collect Food and Gift donations

We rely on generous donations of food and gifts to distribute in food parcels and special Christmas hampers to members of the Wellington community in need. You could arrange a collection of items at your church and deliver these to our offices in Newtown to be distributed this Christmas. Please call our Newtown office on 04 245 0900 or email enquiries@wgtncitymission.org.nz to arrange this.

Include us in your parish newsletter

Encourage your parish members to make a difference this Christmas by including us in your next parish newsletter. Click here for an ad about our Christmas Star Appeal that you could include if you have a space in your next newsletter.

However you decide to help, your contribution will make a significant difference in the life of a Wellington family or individual who is struggling. You will be their star this Christmas, bringing them hope, joy, and courage by showing that people in their community care.

Thanks for being someone’s star!

With best wishes and blessings,

Murray Edridge
Wellington City Missioner