Well done to all our 2017 Christmas Party Planners!
We're so excited to see how God moves in and through you and your upcoming parties. For anyone still looking to get involved in a party, we've included a list of all the parties we know about, looking for your support, here below...
We couldn’t have asked for better weather at the braai held at Waterstone College for the security guards. Some of the grade 1 mums donated some of the groceries and toiletries given to each guard. We ate together and joined in song to praise our Lord Jesus! Gee they sounded like a choir We were all blessed by our time together and look forward to it again next year! See pictures below:
Our party was held on the 16th December for 4 needy families that we help out throughout the year. There were lots of yummy eats and quality boerewors rolls with pap and gravy and ice cream 4 pudding. The children were swimming while the adults sat chatting. Then there was a short devotion given by Marcelle about the gift of Jesus before they all got their Christmas gifts and stationary packs that were so graciously supplied and handed out by Steve with a special hug. It was a really fun and special day enjoyed by all and I'm sure will be remembered 4 a very long time. Thank you Jesus for always providing
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Waterstone Traffic Contollers
On Tuesday 5 December a bunch of Riversiders hosted a breakfast for the Waterstone traffic controllers. They serve our community day in and out, come rain or shine and it was great to spend time with them and just chat over breakfast. We had a lot of laughs too.
Thank you for keeping the roads and our children safe! See pictures below:
TLC Children's Home
On 16 December some Riversiders and people within the community came together at TLC Children’s Home to have a party for the children!
What an amazing day!
Some of the kids played soccer while others jumped on the jumping castles. There was face painting, bubbles, boerie rolls, snacks and of course sweets, chips and ice creams.
Most importantly we had arms and hands to love the children.
We were all blessed to spend a few hours with the children and to have a tour of the home. Many of the volunteers on the day will be assisting TLC on an ongoing basis.
Each child received a pair of shoes, a teddy and a Christmas present. It was amazing to see how all the sponsors came together to make this party possible. One person may not have the means to put something big together but Jesus connects us with others and provides over and above what we could have ever expect. The real blessing is the ongoing help they are extending to this ministry. May God bless each pair of hands and the hearts of all involved directly in this ministry and in support of it...
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Randvaal Old Age Home
Riverside friends, old and young blessed residents at Randvaal Old Age Home with lots of love. A great was enjoyed by all, gifts were given and a sing along and chats made for a happy buzz. It was wonderful to see a sparkle in many eyes! Thanks to all who gave donations, food, gifts as well as time to bless the old folk. See pictures below:
Christ's Hope International
On Saturday, 18th November, a beautiful morning - not too hot and with no wind - we set up for the day at the home of a friend near our church to give a party for 50 children. Aged between 7 and 13, these children are assisted by an organization called “Christ’s Hope International” as they are either full orphans, or living with one parent, and the child is effectively running the household. It was wonderful to see these children being children for the day. They played games, jumped on the jumping castle, sang fun songs and ate their fill! Every child was sent home with a Santa’s shoe box and a treat bag, after 4 hours of sun and fun. Many thanks to all the helpers on the day, and the generous family that gave us the use of their lovely garden. See pictures below:
Alberton Tuiste vir Bejaardes
On a sunny Monday in November, we popped in at one of Alberton's old age homes. The residents who were able to, gathered in the dining room. The MAD (Make a difference) community group from Brackenhurst Primary entertained everyone with some Christmas songs. They shared a Bible reading and a message about the real reason for celebrating Christmas....that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to save us from our sins. The children visited with those living in the cottages and also the residents in frail care. Toiletry packs and towel teddies were given to the 102 ladies and gents, along with handmade Christmas cards and messages. I don't know who enjoyed it more....the oldies or the kiddies! All I know is that the afternoon was filled with joy, laughter, fun and even a few happy tears! See pictures below:
On 18 November, we had a party for the kids and care givers of David House at our home. The 14 kids enjoyed swimming in the pool while Barry braai’d some donated wors for our wors roll lunch. It was delicious. What made the day extra special was that it was one of the boy’s 11th birthday, so we turned the party into a helicopter themed birthday party for him, for which we received a R300 cash donation towards decorations. We all sang for him and enjoyed a donated birthday cake, that had a helicopter and his name on. After enjoying our lunch and cake & some giant roasted marshmallows, everyone got to help themselves to the party sweets table and we enjoyed eating all of those sweets while watching the animation movie, Despicable Me 3. There was LOTS of eating at this party. While all of this was going on, a lady came by to drop off some donated gift bags for the caregivers, to spoil them for a change. When it was time for everyone to go home, they all got a slab chocolate and Ronel got the kids to help clean up, which left our house looking like our home again. The day was full of laughter and joy, an experience that I look forward to every year. The kids are all so well mannered and it was a touching moment when one of the boys offered to pray for everyone before we ate. The hugs we got from the children were real and sincere, which made the day even more memorable. See pictures below: