Give Families in Need a Christmas They'll Never Forget

Christmas is the time of year that we focus on giving to those we love and those in need. At Johns Creek UMC, we recognize that all families deserve to have a great Christmas, despite their financial situation. Every year, we work with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry and other nearby churches to provide toys, gift cards, meals, and friendship to those who need it during this time of year.
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There are multiple levels and methods of participation through our Adopt A Family and Merry Market programs. Everyone can get involved, regardless of age, schedule, financial situation, or comfort level. We encourage every JCUMC family to be involved in two key way - giving gifts and giving your time.

















Giving Gifts

Adopt A Family   Sign Up

Sign up to buy presents for an entire family. You have the option to select how large of a family you wish to shop for. Details on your families' ages and interests will be sent to you in November via e-mail. The Adopt a Family process includes several elements:

  1. Spend approximately $75 per child ($50 for Toys and $25 for clothing).
  2. Purchase one bible per family
  3. Provide a grocery store gift card for $25-50, depending on the size of the family
  4. Purchase gifts or gift cards for the parents (optional)

Early Drop-Off Sunday is December 2   |  Drop-Off Sunday is December 9

Donate to the Merry Market  Sponsor A Child   Registry

  1. Stocking stuffers for teens
  2. New hoodies, gloves, and pajamas
  3. Snacks for our volunteers
  4. $25 gift cards to Target or WalMart

You can also visit the Merry Market's online gift registry to click and ship. Search for Merry Market to find our registry. You can also shop for one child through the Sponsor A Child program

Financial Contributions 

Don't have time to shop? You can give a financial contribution and our team will do the shopping for you! More information coming soon.



Giving Your Time

Most activities require light lifting and constant movement. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Individual volunteers must be 16 years old to serve without an adult guardian present. Any group of children under the age of 18 from an organization or club must have an adult chaperone for every group of four children.

For more information, e-mail


Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Move and unload toys
  2. Set up the Merry Market
  3. Sort toys
  4. Bake cookies or make goodie bags for families visiting the Merry Market
  5. Greet guests
  6. Be a Bilingual Elf - if you speak and understand Spanish, we will need your help in communicating with some of our shoppers.
  7. Manage and monitor market stations
  8. Host families visiting the Merry Market by joining them while they pick out their presents "in His presence" at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church or Norcross First United Methodist Church
  9. Carry shoppers' bags to their cars
  10. Take down the Merry Market

Volunteer opportunities take place at the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and Norcross First United Methodist Church.

Volunteer     Family Gift Night


















About the Merry Market

The purpose of the Merry Market is to give families the opportunity to shop with dignity in the presence of the spirit for Christmas. Families who are supported by the Norcross Cooperative Ministry will shop for their presents with our Team Elf volunteers at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church and Norcross First United Methodists Church. They will also have the opportunity to join in a worship service, and receive prayers from a local pastor. While the co-op has hosted similar events in the past, this is the first year for the Merry Market.
In 2017, 700 families and over 2,000 children were served by the Norcross Co-op's Christmas Program. The program's volunteer team, Team Elf, is made up of over 800 hands-on volunteers from several local churches and groups. The ongoing financial support for this program and the Merry Market is dependent on donations received that are designated for Christmas.
Join Team Elf this year in any way you can to provide a great inaugural year for the Norcross Cooperative Ministry's Merry Market.

About the Norcross Cooperative Ministry

NCM is a faith-based, non-profit, ecumenical ministry dedicated to providing emergency assistance to families in Norcross, Georgia and surrounding areas of Gwinnett County. NCM is supported by twenty three local churches and numerous businesses, civic and social organizations, foundations, and individuals.

They now serve 50 to 70 families per day from a 12,000 square foot facility. Over the years, services have expanded to more than just a food pantry.  They have on-site hiring events, job readiness classes, money management courses and regular health fairs.The ministry also works closely with local agencies to help meet the many needs of their clients and to develop better ways to serve the community.

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