Corner of Maude and Fitzroy St. Barraba

St Laurence Fills in For St Nick

Last Sunday, the people of Barraba Anglican Church joined together to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC seeks to share the love of Christ with children throughout the developing world by providing boxes filled with Christmas presents and basic necessities. The contents of a box may seem quite basic, but the gifts represent love from those who packed them and are received as something of significant value. One such box that was packed on Sunday contained: a bar of soap, a washer, a beanie, a toothbrush, a shirt, a few pencils, a sharpener and rubber, a toy car and a teddy bear to love. All these items are squeezed into a shoebox, sent off to a warehouse to be joined by thousands of other boxes that have been packed by people throughout Australia, and then shipped to children throughout the world.

Packing the boxes was an all-age affair with people in their 80s down to a 10month old involved. It’s great for the children here to see what kind of things bring real joy to kids in other countries. Bikes are cool, Xboxes are fun… but there is something more special about opening a box packed by people on the other side of the world, people who want to say… ‘Because Jesus loved us, we want to love you.’

All up, 109 boxes were packed. Thank you to those who were involved, by packing boxes, providing things to pack, or donating financially to help with shipping. Operation Christmas Child will be on again next year in October and we would love you to join with us as we do it all again.

If you want to learn more about Operation Christmas Child, you can go to

To see the joy that the boxes bring click here