This year “White Gift” or Giving Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday December 15. For information on what gifts to bring, click on this link to see suggestions from the Bissell Centre.
White Gift Sunday began in 1903 in Painesville, Ohio when a minister’s wife, upset over her two daughter’s arguing over gifts they had received in a Sunday School Gift exchange, came up with the idea. She remembered a story about the wise king Kubla Khan who received gifts from his people that were wrapped in white so that all the gifts looked the same. By doing this, the love and devotion of the giver became more important than the gift. The following year, it was suggested that the Sunday School bring gifts, wrapped in white, that would be given to people in need in the community. The idea caught on and is still practiced in many churches today.
At Mill Woods United, white gifts are collected for Bissell Centre, which is a local mission project of the United Church located in Edmonton’s inner city.
Bring your gift to church on December 15 and discover the true meaning of Christmas giving. The gifts will be taken to the Bissell Centre downtown after the service.