Sunday 4th December
9:30am at St Mary’s Church, Bacton
Many will remember the joy of receiving toys at Christmas; in this service we remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Come along to the TOY SERVICE and bring a NEW toy, suitable for ages of baby to teenager – to make their Christmas happy too!
We look forward to welcoming you at the service – there will be coffee, squash and biscuits after the service to.
Where will the toys go?
This year we will send the toys to Highpoint Prison, for distribution at their Christmas Party to prisoners’ families.
How much should the gift cost?
So that all children receive something of roughly equal value, no single toy should cost more than £10, and it must be NEW and in the original packaging.
Please DO NOT WRAP your presents – this will be done by the Ormiston Trust after allocation.
How will the toys get to the prison?
The toys will be carefully sorted by volunteers of the Ormiston Children and Families Trust, who will match them to individual children in prisoners’ families. They will then be distributed by a prison officer – dressed as Father Christmas, of course! – at the annual Christmas party held for prisoners and their families.
Prison Chaplain, Revd Tony Fowler, who lives in Bacton, has kindly facilitated this for us.
Restrictions on gifts
- Batteries must not be included. Toys which need batteries may be sent, but batteries must be taken out first.
- No ‘moulding’ toys – e.g. Playdough, plasticine, clay or plaster of Paris.
- No toys with sharp implements or metal tools – e.g. metal hammers or screwdrivers, or manicure sets with scissors or tweezers.