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  Issue No. 2209 Online Edition Thursday 24 April 2014 
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Ascension : Church News
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 03.02.2011 (Article Archived on 17.02.2011)

In view of the fact that we are having a Family and Toy Service on Sunday, we though it appropriate to share this short article with you .

In view of the fact that we are having a Family and Toy Service on Sunday, we though it appropriate to share this short article with you .

The Golden Gift

Some time ago, a friend of ours punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty.

He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside of it?"

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy."

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her forgiveness. We were told that he kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as parents has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

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Family and Toy Service For Sunday

Sunday 6 February will be the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. The service on that morning will be a ‘Family and Toy Service’ and we look forward to as many families as possible coming along to join us in prayer and song. If you have any unwanted toys (in good condition) at home, please bring them along to the service. We will pack them up and send them on to the Salvation Army on St.Helena where they will be distributed to children in need. The service will start at the usual time of 10.30am.

Have a safe and blessed week.

Church Wardens: Mervyn Isaac 6230 and Alan Nicholls 6232

 

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