Christ Community Church (one of GCI’s Cincinnati, Ohio, area congregations) partnered with an organization called Artsy Fartsy in hosting a Christmas party for neighborhood children on December 12. Thirty-six children from a neighboring apartment complex attended along with children from the congregation. Activities (pictured below) included crafts, face painting and breaking a piñata full of candy. The children made a Christmas chain with each of their names on it and hung it on a Christmas tree. Church members served lunch and each child was given a winter hat, gloves and socks. The families were presented with a storybook on the strength of love for one another. The party ended with a blessing.
Christ Community Church has partnered with Artsy Fartsy for about a year in ministering to under-served children in grades 4-6 who live in an apartment complex in the neighborhood where the church meets. Artsy Fartsy gives the children opportunity to explore their creativity through painting, acting, sewing, clay molding, cooking and baking. Members of Christ Community Church assist with these monthly meetings, spending time with the kids and building relationships. The congregation is committed to building connections with the local community and serving the community with Christ’s love.