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, provides each child with two gifts – a clothing item and a “fun” item. The gifts are given on behalf of the incarcerated parent at a pancake 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.
Donate gifts. Pick up an “angel” in late November that includes your child’s gift requests and drop it back off in the lobby before or after service.
Volunteer at lobby tables during weekend services for the 4 weeks leading up the event.
Volunteer by sorting or wrapping the gifts to ensure the correct presents go to the correct children / family.
Volunteer by delivering gifts that were not picked up to these families in Glendale / Peoria.
Volunteer sign-up begins in November.
Guest families arrive the morning of Saturday, December 8 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 (about 20), 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!
NW Peoria Campus