Christmas is all about joy and hope
These are two things which Viva gives thousands of vulnerable children each year when they come to one of the Viva Christmas Parties run by our partner networks of churches worldwide.
These are occasions of great excitement for children, where they receive a present, a good meal and the knowledge that they are loved and valued. But perhaps the most important gift they receive is hope. The power of a simple party, packed with love and fuelled by prayer.
Last year, through the collective action of over 220 churches in 21 networks, Christmas Parties brought the Good News and God’s light to over 6,300 children around the world.
For nearly half of these children, it was their first contact with Viva – we can introduce these ‘new’ children to programmes, run by Viva or churches from our partner networks, which can provide them with ongoing love and support for years to come.
While we know this year’s Christmas Parties will look different to usual – some online or a harvest festival-style event with social distancing, we will still make sure we are achieving the same objectives and maximum impact. We are excited to see how this year’s events will bring fun to our communities, even amidst the struggles of the pandemic.
It can cost anything from £300 to £1,000 to host one of our parties, depending on the size and location.
This Christmas, could you or your church sponsor a Viva Christmas Party and help churches worldwide reach out to vulnerable children in their communities? You can sponsor a Viva Christmas Party by:
- Choosing Viva as your charity offering this Christmas.
- Hosting your own Christmas Party fundraiser online or in person and taking a collection – perhaps your children, youth or home groups would enjoy organising this!
- Encouraging families or home groups in your church to host their own small Christmas party for people in their social bubble or online – and fundraise.
- Hosting a family quiz night online