Tis the Season to Serve
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.
There are multiple levels and methods of participation through our Adopt A Family, Sponsor A Child, 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.
This Year's Goal: Serve 200 Families/600 Children
Adopt A Family
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:
- Spend approximately $75 per child ($50 for Toys and $25 for clothing).
For children 15 years or older, consider giving gift certificates in lieu of toys, but provide at least one actual gift.
- Purchase one bible per family
- Provide a grocery store gift card for $25-50, depending on the size of the family
- Purchase gifts or gift cards for the parents (optional)
- Wrapping paper, ribbons, gift tags, tape (separate from gifts)
SIGN UP using the forms found at the Welcome desk, or e-mail AdoptAFamily@johnscreekumc.org and provide what size family you with to adopt.
Early Drop-Off Sunday is December 8 | Drop-Off Sunday is December 15
Sponsor A Child Sponsor A Child
Choose how many children you wish to provide for. Provide the following for each child:
- 3 toys or gifts for each child (or gift cards for children 15 and older, but please provide them at least one actual gift)
- Buy clothes from THIS LIST
Don't have time to shop? You can give a financial contribution for Adopt a Family or Sponsor a Child and our team will do the shopping for you! Visit Shelby Giving or click the link, then choose AdoptAFamily/NCM under "Fund": GIVE NOW
Giving Your Time Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities for the Merry Market take place at the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and Norcross First United Methodist Church. Sign up to volunteer on December 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, or 17, or sign up to provide wrapping paper or snacks.
Select a day to serve at the top of the Sign-Up Genius.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Help on the Adopt A Family Drop-Off Days
- Move and unload toys
- Set up the Merry Market
- Sort toys
- Bake cookies or make goodie bags for families visiting the Merry Market
- Greet guests
- Be a Bilingual Elf - if you speak and understand Spanish, we will need your help in communicating with some of our shoppers.
- Manage and monitor market stations
- 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
- Carry shoppers' bags to their cars
- Take down the Merry Market
Last Year's Merry Market Experiences
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.