VRBC partners with our sister church, Cornerstone Baptist Church in south Dallas, to love and serve the community during the Christmas season through our annual Christmas Store. On the second weekend of December every year, the Christmas Store ministers to families by providing hospitality, prayer, Bibles in English and Spanish, wrapped presents for the children, and clothing such as underwear, socks and shirts. This year on Friday, December 13, we will serve 550 children and their families from Coppell and Valley Ranch (referred through the public schools), and on Saturday, December 14, we will serve 400 children and their families from south Dallas. For our guests from south Dallas on Saturday, while parents shop at VRBC, their children learn Bible stories, play games, make crafts and gifts, and enjoy great food at Kids Korner at Cornerstone.
While volunteers purchase all of the toys and gifts in advance for children at the Christmas Store, we depend on the congregation to donate new or nearly new gifts for their parents and guardians. Please consider donating men’s or women’s items such as jewelry, tools, sporting goods/memorabilia, toiletries, cosmetics, clothes, belts, shoes, etc. We also would love donations of Christmas-themed gift bags and tissue paper. Donations may be dropped off in Coppell at 517 Pedmore Drive or 747 Pelican Lane in the bins provided outside, or at the church office during business hours, or on Sundays in the bins provided in the church lobby.
One of our Christmas Store goals has always been that every guest hears the good news of Jesus. We want to do that in a way that is truly good news, shared in a non-threatening, inviting manner. So here’s the change: Every guest will attend a small group Welcome Session when they arrive. We’ll thank them for coming, let them know what to expect, share the good of news of Jesus, and extend invitations to the great ministries the church offers for their family. This will be led by VRBC leaders on Friday for our local guests, and by Cornerstone leaders on Saturday for our South Dallas guests. That means that the GPS role is changing. GPS stands for Guide, Pray, Serve—it’s the person who walks around with the guest. The primary role for a GPS this year is to develop a friendship, and to enjoy a special prayer time with them in the sanctuary at the end. Friendship and prayer—everyone can do this! Here’s what we hope for: we hope that everyone who serves at the Christmas Store—whether as a GPS or gift wrapper, or anything else—will find opportunities to share, as the Holy Spirit leads, how Jesus makes a difference in their life.