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Christmas Is About Generosity

As part of our annual Help Hands initiative, we are encouraging our church community to make time to serve others in and throughout Langley this Christmas. We have connected with the organizations we have served alongside in previous years, and they are thrilled to have our support again. If you have any questions, please contact our Helping Hands coordinator, Julie SolmesBelow are the service opportunities we invite you to take advantage of.

*Each serving opportunity will follow their own Covid-19 safety protocols.

 

Fort Langley Seniors Community - Christmas Cards

We need people to help write Christmas cards for the residents at the Fort Langley Seniors Community. It's a simple way to bring some love and joy to the people who live there.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Schaafsma

 

Christmas Drive-In Movie & Food Drive

Sunday, December 19th (4pm-8:30pm)

Living Waters Church is hosting a FREE Drive-In Movie (Charlie Brown Christmas) and Food Drive for the Langley Food Bank. There will be 4 movie showings (4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 7:45p) and each car is asked to bring donations for the food bank when they arrive. 

Volunteers are needed to collect food donations, hand out treats and direct traffic. We need lots of volunteers to make this community event successful!

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Volunteer Coordinator: Reuben Kramer

 

Salvation Army Christmas Kettles

November 13th - December 24th (Mondays-Saturdays)

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Christmas Kettles is in need of your help! A shift is typically 2.5 to 3 hours long. Gateway is limiting the number of groups to 3 people only at a time and they will provide the PPE.

*The Salvation Army is requiring all volunteers to be fully vaccinated.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Lee Douglas

 

Christmas at Creekstone Place

Creekstone Place is Langley’s first supportive housing unit.  It has become a safe place to call home for 49 people who had previously lived on the streets of Langley. This Christmas, we have an opportunity to show love and care to each resident of Creekstone Place, as well as every staff member who is serving to meet the needs of this unique community, through the simple act of handwriting a Christmas card and attaching a small gift of home baking. If you have a love of writing, a gift for encouraging or enjoy baking and would like to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to touch the hearts of “the least of these” at this special time of the year, please sign up.

SIGN UP (please note, the Christmas card spots are filled, but we are still in need of baking)

Volunteer Coordinator: Janet Bennett

 

Encompass Best Babies Christmas Baskets

Contributions due by November 30th

This year Encompass welcomes you to help the families in their Best Babies program celebrate Christmas together at home. In lieu of the usual seasonal party thrown for their members, the organizers have decided to create beautiful baskets full of fun activities and we would like to contribute to their 25 Christmas baskets. In their work, they have realized how mothering through the Pandemic has increased isolation and stress.

Living waters would like to curate gifts that will bless mothers and pamper them. To that end, we would ask for the following contributions:

  • Cozy box: fuzzy blanket, sleepers or socks/mug with hot chocolate, cookies or popcorn
  • Snack basket
  • Relaxation kit: essential oils roll on, sleep mask, foot or hand treatment, scented candle, bath bombs

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Volunteer Coordinator: Paula Lindsay

 

Boxes of Love

Boxes due by Sunday, December 5th

Once a year, Living Waters, in partnership with other churches, fills shoeboxes with various items (school supplies, toys, candy, soap, clothes, etc.) for the children in the Villages of Hope located in several locations in Zambia which are in southern Africa. The “Boxes of Love” project gives you a chance to pack a box for a child. When a child receives a box, they are reminded that they are loved by God and not forgotten.

This year the boxes have been pre-labelled by age and gender. All the instructions and item lists are in the boxes. You can pick up your box at Living Waters throughout November and must return the box by Sunday, December 5.

*please note: if you donate funds using the giving envelope in your box, please fill out all the fields in order to receive a tax receipt.

Volunteer Coordinator: Ryan Bedwell

 

Inclusion Langley Drive-Thru with Santa

Saturday, December 4th (8am - 2:30pm)

Inclusion Langley (Child Development) is doing a Santa “drive-thru” Event (instead of the Santa Breakfast) on Saturday, Dec 4th from 8:00 am to 2:30pm. Please sign up if you can help and we will provide you with more details. 

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Volunteer Coordinator: Marion Godfrey

 

TWU Spartans Hockey - Food Fight

Saturday, December 4th (7pm)

Help us ‘Breakaway’ from hunger this Christmas! Saturday, December 4th the Spartans host the UBC Thunderbirds for BC bragging rights in university hockey. Tickets for the game are FREE if you bring non-perishable food items to be donated at the door upon arrival. 

Volunteers are needed at the game with helping receive, organize, and deliver the items to the local food bank partners. Sign up to help and invite your friends to attend the game!

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Volunteer Coordinator: Barret Kropf

 

Gift Bags for Marginalized Women

Due by Women's Day - Saturday, November 27th

The Women’s Network is gathering items for gift bags for marginalized women in our community, and we need your help! We are putting together bags with necessities and personalized cards to bless these women in a difficult time. We are serving the following institutions:  

  • Women in Recovery at Wagner Hills
  • Women currently residing at the Gateway of Hope
  • Women who are homeless and served by the Gateway of Hope & Nightshift

We can participate in this event by clicking on the link below and signing up to donate items for these bags. All donations need to be received by our Women’s Day on November 27th, where we will be assembling these bags. This is a difficult time for so many. Thank you for helping us to provide gifts this season for women in need!

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Volunteer Coordinator: Kirsten Anonby

 

Fort Langley Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4th (5pm)

The Fort Langley Community Hall is hosting the annual Fort Langley Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4th and they need volunteers for the event. People are needed to hand out candy canes to children and to help escort Santa from the river to the Community Hall.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Reuben Kramer

 

Fort Langley Seniors Community - Christmas Lights

Saturday, November 27th (11am-1pm) - Men's Network Initiative

Can you spare a couple hours to assist in decorating the back garden at the Fort Langley Seniors Community? Help us bring Christmas cheer and brighten the mood by setting up decorations, lights and displays. We need 8-10 men to help with the set up. Note: This is an outdoor activity and will require proper clothing depending on the weather. Please SIGN UP by November 21st. 

We are also in need of donations of decorations and supplies for the display. If you can donate any items or would like a detailed list of specific needs, please contact Jim Shopland.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Jim Shopland

 

Christmas Gifts for Women's Prison

We have a wonderful opportunity to serve a local's women's prison again this Christmas. Since 2017, we have provided gift bags for each resident at this federal prison through Helping Hands. The response has been overwhelmingly positive! These gifts bags are the talk of the prison for months - even around the year! Memories of receiving these gifts often come up in conversations among both staff and residents. We need your help to pack these gift bags! In addition, we need volunteers who are willing to also hand write messages in Christmas greeting cards which will accompany each gift bag.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Lynn Gettel

 

Fort Langley Seniors Community - Window Painting

Monday, November 29th (10am)

Calling artists interested in brightening up the windows of Fort Langley Senior’s Community home. We have approximately 20 windows, some paint (mostly white) and some loose design parameters. Now, all we need is YOU.

*The windows that we will be painting are inside, so the facility has asked that all painters coming into the building be fully vaccinated.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Teresa Porter

 

LWC Christmas Hampers

Living Waters Church will once again be putting hampers together for families in need from our church community and our surrounding neighbourhoods. You can sign up as an individual or as a group to contribute to a hamper.

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Volunteer Coordinator: Erin Kim (hampers) & Stephanie Jackson (family liaison)