St Mary Mother of God parish in Hornchurch managed to raise an amazing £380 for World Gifts during Advent and found a creative way of showing parishioners how well they had done: they created an Advent sticker tree!
Parishioner Frances Rodgers explains:
“We asked the children of our First Communion Group and members of our Pass it On group to draw round their hands to make the ‘leaves’ for the sticker tree.
On the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Advent we ‘sold’ stickers for a donation for Cafod World Gifts as Christmas presents from our parish.
Frances continues:”We had Cafod meals and immunisation stickers and other stickers representing various Gifts eg chickens, footballs, bees. Angels and stars represented Emergency Water and the other gifts.
The children were given printed sticker trees and extra stickers to take home..
They loved the stickers and the adults thought it was quite fun too!”
With their £380 total the parish purchased Chirpy Chickens, Happy Queen Bees, Drought Resistant Crops, Footballs, Immunisation stickers, Emergency water supplies and Trees for Life
Thank you to all parishioners at St Mary’s but particularly the children of the First Holy Communion group and members of the Pass it on group. We are so very grateful for your efforts and generosity.
(The ‘Pass it on’ group is a parish group in which older generations pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to younger generations)
Remember World Gifts are available and given all year round and not just for Christmas!