Angel Tree allows us to share the love of God with hundreds of local children who have a mom or dad in prison, who can often to be filled with feelings of abandonment, loneliness, and shame.
The Angel Tree program begins when a prisoner registers with their prison chaplain. Our church then receives a list of families and, through the generosity of our congregation, each child is provided with two gifts – a clothing item and a “fun” item. The gifts are given on behalf of the incarcerated parent at a breakfast party hosted here at VC.
Angel Tree is a partnership with Prison Fellowship, which was founded in 1982 by an ex-prisoner who witnessed firsthand the strained relationship between prisoners and their children and has grown to become the largest national outreach specifically for the children of prisoners.
Volunteer sign-up begins in November.
Donate gifts. Pick up an “angel” that includes your child’s gift requests and drop it back off in the lobby before or after service.
Volunteer by wrapping gifts on Wednesday, December 11 starting at 6:30 PM.
Volunteer at the breakfast party on Saturday, December 14. Volunteers arrive at 7:30 AM and finish at 11:30 AM to set up, help with games & activities pray for attendees, greet, and clean up.
Volunteer by delivering gifts that were not picked up to these families after the breakfast party on Saturday, December 14 starting at 11:00 AM.
Guest families arrive the morning of Saturday, December 14 to a carnival-type atmosphere with simple games, activity booths, a short show, and breakfast prepared by Vineyard Men. We also give the childrens’ caregivers the wrapped gifts to take home.
We need lots of volunteers for this event: setting up, manning the activity booths, clean up and people to pray for the attendees. Spanish speakers and interpreters are especially needed so be sure you let me know if you speak Spanish!