Angel Tree

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40

In 2019, 3350 children received a gift from a parent in prison through Angel Tree. 

Angel Tree is an international program of Prison Fellowship which provides Christmas presents in the name of an imprisoned parent to the prisoner’s children who might otherwise be overlooked during the Christmas season.  It also provides a crucial link between children and their imprisoned parents. 


On Christmas Day, thousands of children in Australia open a present from their father or mother who is not there – they are in prison.  The parent in prison knows that the children are being provided for, and the children know that their parent has not forgotten them. 


2019 was our Parish’s first year of involvement with Angel Tree.  Our Thursday@7 Group facilitated purchasing and wrapping presents to be given each child from the parent in prison and writing a Christmas card with the message that came from the parent. 


In 2019, 3350 children received a gift from a parent in prison through Angel Tree. 


Our Parish provided presents to 16 children (from their parent in prison) and the carers in 5 households.  We provided a food hamper made up from food items donated by Parishioners to each household.  Some households were caring for other children, and so a family game was provided so those children didn’t miss out on a present.   


The responses from the carers and children were of gratitude and amazement.  There were tears of joy because in some cases, there was just not enough money for the family to spare for Christmas niceties. 


One little 9 year old boy whose Mum had passed away 2 years previously and who was living with his great grandmother, kept asking “Is this just for us?”


You can support the Parish Involvement in Angel Tree in 2020 through your donations of money, either through the plate (note 'Angel Tree' on the envelope), or our Parish Giving Page (note 'Angel Tree' in the description).

Non perishable groceries will also be needed.  If you can assist with this, then please contact Ann for further details, or watch for further information in the Tidings.

Do you feel the world is broken?

Many imprisoned must feel this way. 

So how can this change?  Is anyone worthy to bear the sin and pain? For them, and for us!

Our God, through Jesus!  He is!