It was a cool but bright and sunny afternoon on Sunday, December 14, when a small group of members and friends of the Berean SDA Church, in Jackson, MS, met to prepare for their first Angel Tree Celebration. There were thirty (30) children, ages 1 – 17 and their care givers who were going to be presented with gifts and money.
Each Christmas prison chaplains, Prison Fellowship and Christian churches make available this program called “Angel Tree Christmas”, enabling prisoners to give gifts to their children. This is not a charity but is intended to reconnect the child with the incarcerated parent. Each gift had a personal message from the parent to the child. This gift was simply a tangible way to demonstrate the love of God and the incarcerated parent.
A multiracial group of more than eighty (80) young people and adults attended and enjoyed a program, activities and good food. This was truly an opportunity for our church to live out its mission – “Caring, Sharing and Preparing”.
Anne Gray, reporting
Pastor, James G. Owens