EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y., DECEMBER 4, 2015: Each year, Island Christian Church, a Long Island Evangelical church with campuses in East Northport, Port Jefferson, and Holbrook, takes part in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, by serving as the drop-off location for shoeboxes created by the community and filled with joy. The church community gathers and packs boxes to send off to children around the world.
The holiday season is in full swing, and there is nothing more rewarding at this time of year than giving back to others. Helping those in need is something that Island Christian Church is a strong believer in all year round, but going that extra mile to make the holidays special for those less fortunate brings a special sense of joy into our hearts. Again this year, the Northport Campus of Island Christian Church served as the drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child, in which volunteers assembled gift-filled shoeboxes that serve as a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship.
This year, volunteers packed 277 shoeboxes on site with hygiene products, toys, school supplies, candy, and more. Additionally, the congregation packed 522 and the community packed an extra 1,312, bringing the total number of packed boxes to 2,111! These boxes created by the church and the community were sent to children around the world in hopes of bringing them joy this holiday season. The lives of children and their families are tremendously impacted each year through the Good News of Jesus Christ, with Gospel verses included in each box. After another successful year, Island Christian Church hopes to be a part of this blessed event for years to come.
The community at Island Christian Church is pursuing the kind of Church life set forth in Scripture. The foundations of this church are Spirit-led worship, relevant teaching, authentic relationships, unceasing prayer and compassionate provision for the needy. We hope you will join us as we strive to demonstrate a compelling faith that will touch the lives of individuals within our large communities.