A Northshore Partnership with Step by Step
Bringing Hope & Health to Mothers, Babies and Families
On the weekend following our Christmas outreach to our community, Christmas at RainCity Lounge, we have another great opportunity to share the love of Christ, this time with families less fortunate than many.
On December 18th, from 4-7 PM, Northshore will host the annual Step by Step Christmas Party for underprivileged families in our community. The Christmas party is run through volunteer support and donations from Northshore and other area churches and we could really use your help to make this year a success.
Step by Step is an organization that works with vulnerable families, serving pregnant women and new mothers in Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties. Case workers arrange for nurses, dietitians, and counselors to come alongside clients throughout pregnancy and during the first year of a child’s life. With assistance from federal funding they provide medical care and connections to health and community resources and also offer life skills classes such as budgeting and parenting so that these families can become self sustaining.
For the past six years Northshore Baptist Church has had the privilege of hosting the annual North Sound Christmas party—Making Memories Together. At this event we serve a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Clients also have an opportunity to Christmas shop for their children in our free toy store. The main floor of the church is filled with family-fun activities such as face painting, cupcake walk, cookie decorating, family portraits, and a telling of the Christmas story with a live nativity (Real animals in the Courtyard!). All of this requires a great number of compassionate, servant-hearted volunteers.
Many of the Step by Step case workers have shared that when they walk into a client’s home the only photo on the wall is the family portrait taken by the volunteers at the Christmas party. Clients cherish these photos and the gift of a professional picture of their family to hang on their wall. Throughout the evening your heart will melt as you watch families laugh, play, and make precious memories together, knowing that this is a special addition to their normally challenging lives. Volunteers repeatedly say they are honored and blessed to get to know and serve these families and their own lives are impacted through volunteering at this event.
If you’re looking to make an impact on a family in need this Christmas season, won’t you please join us for this Christmas party? You can view and sign up for the volunteer spots online at our website, nsb.org/register-online. You can also register to provide a donation of a grocery gift card, a new toy for the free Toy Shoppe or even a turkey for the dinner.
Here’s a link to this week’s featured eNews article that includes all the ways you can volunteer before and during the event.
This is a great way to live out Jesus’ call and live on mission as people who are servant-hearted & kingdom-minded.
Thanks for serving our local community with the love of Jesus!