There will be two services this Christmas Eve – one at 4:00 PM and the traditional Candlelight Service at 10:00 PM. The 4:00 PM. service will be family-friendly, child-friendly, and have something for everyone! This year, Brick Church is taking up the tradition of White Gifting at the 4:00 PM service! Please bring a gift (a toy, hat, art supplies, etc.) wrapped in white and tagged with a label indicating who would be best suited to receive the gift (Example: 6-year old boy).
The origin of the White Gift service is credited to the wife of a Methodist minister in 1904 in Ohio. She knew the legend of the Chinese people who loved their king so much that they each brought him a gift on his birthday. The gifts were all wrapped in white paper in order to emphasize the love of the people and the intent of the gift, not the size or value of it. The minister’s wife and his daughters asked their congregation to bring a gift wrapped in white for their King, Jesus. These were often packages of food, the kind of thing that even the poorest in the congregation could bring. They were Christmas love gifts to be distributed to people in need in their community. This beautiful idea quickly spread around the Christian world in the early 1900s, and is still celebrated today in many congregations. Your gifts will be distributed to local mission partners, chosen by The Brick Church’s Mission Outreach Committee.