Shoebox appeal

Thank you so much to all of you who faithfully contribute to the shoeboxes we send out each year to children in Eastern Europe and Africa. These will be the only presents they receive this Christmas. Many of them have endured oppression and loss; all of them great poverty, so let's show God's love to them in a tangible way. 

Our Loungers Life Group will be covering dozens of shoeboxes with Christmas paper and are asking you again to help us fill them with good things. We recognise that this is an expensive time of year, with many worthwhile calls on our finances so we offer you the opportunity to be a part of this venture simply by contributing one or two items from the following: 

Cuddly toy, doll, car, notebook, felt tips/crayons/coloured pencils, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, flannel, tennis ball, stickers, skipping rope, hair accessories, small toys or games, sweets (but not chocolate). Monetary contributions are very welcome and will be used to fill any gaps and also towards the £5 it costs to send each box (not bad to Africa!). Please can all contributions be handed into the Church Office by November 10, but the earlier the better!

Typically we now fill and send about 70 shoeboxes from St Peters, usually aided by our parish primary school, St Pauls in Swanley Village. We are also the local Drop Off Point for Hextable and Swanley, with 300-400 being dispatched from here.

Please do consider being a part of St Peters support for Operation Christmas Child again this year. For more information and the 2018 video " A Miracle in. Moldova" visit

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