Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Event

Please donate small gifts including school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys to send to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child.  Please note that toothpaste and candy may no longer be included.  The donation collection process will culminate with a shoe box packing event in the Fellowship Hall Sunday, November 12, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. If you can contribute monetarily, $9 per box is needed to support shipping and other ministry costs. Donate online or by writing Operation Christmas Child in the memo field of a check payable to CUMC. Our goal this year is to pack and send 250 boxes. To learn more about the project or get small gift ideas, please visit samaritanspurse.org/occ

Gift Suggestions*

Please note that the age ranges for children are: 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14 years old.

  • School and Craft Supplies:pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap (in plastic bag), combs, washcloths, hand towels, etc. (no toothpaste, please)
  • Accessories:T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • Toys and Games*: Soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, puppets, trucks, dolls, musical instruments, playing cards or card games.

Do Not Include: candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

*Remember, everything must fit into a shoe box. (Boxes are provided.) 

Donate money

Nine dollars ($9) is needed for each box to be shipped to the children in the US and throughout the world and support other ministry expenses. Monetary contributions can be made by earmarking checks to CUMC with “Operation Christmas Child” or by donating online at http://centreville-umc.org to “Op Christmas Child.”

*Please label donations with “Operation Christmas Child” and drop off in the CUMC office by noon November 12.


Sock Hop

Every winter, elementary-aged children are invited to a Sock-Hop Dance, Pizza and Ice cream Social.  Children enjoy an evening of dancing, while helping the local hypothermia shelter by donating adult socks to those in need.  This winter’s sock hop will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Easter Celebration

Centreville UMC offers an Easter Celebration for families with preschool children age 2- 5 years old. This special celebration includes games, crafts and a hunt for Easter eggs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Family Movie Nights

Throughout the school year, Centreville UMC offers Family Movie Nights in the Recreation and Outreach Center (ROC). Children cuddle up with their favorite blanket or pillow, while watching a fun movie on the big screen and enjoying a yummy nut-free snack. These are a great chance to spend time as a family in community with others while enjoying a major motion picture or Veggie Tales film.

Fall Festival

In late October, children of ALL ages are invited to the annual CUMC Fall Festival. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. Come join in an afternoon of fun with carnival games, a moon bounce, arts and crafts, and special treats!