Greet. Befriend. Invite. On Saturday, December 7, there are lots of events happening at Perimeter that you can share with your neighbors and friends. Take an escape from the busy season to enjoy leisurely shopping, delicious holiday treats, gingerbread building, serving and more! The festivities begin at 9:00 AM, but you and your guests are welcome to come early or hang out late to take it all in! This day is too fun not to share!





Christmas Shoppers

Now through December 16
Perimeter Church

Do you love finding the absolute best deals? Community Outreach could use your skills the day after Thanksgiving through December 18! If you are interested, we will provide you with a shopping list and budget. The more we save, the more we can give. You can turn in your receipts to get reimbursed. For details contact Jackie Dieter at jackied@perimeter.org or 678.405.2122.


Christmas Gift Deliveries

Mondays, December 9 and 16
Perimeter Church and Various Locations

Volunteers are needed to pick up toys, gift cards, food, or other donations and deliver them to our nonprofit partners. You will be given the donations and a map to the locations where the items are expected. If you can help make some of these deliveries from Perimeter Church to our partners, contact Jackie Dieter at 678.405.2122 or jackied@perimeter.org.



Christmas Family Fun Fest - Gingerbread House Final Competition Display

Sunday, December 15
Noon - 2:00 PM 
Perimeter Church

Community Outreach is looking for a few volunteers to help us move and set up the gingerbread houses that were built by 20 teams on Saturday, December 7, at our Ultimate Gingerbread House invitational. All houses will go on display.




  • Alpharetta | Cumming
     

    Meals By Grace:

    Farm Assistance

    Wed, Dec 11 – Sat, Dec 14 
    9:00 AM – Noon
    6405 Bennett Rd.

    The aquaponics farm produces food for families in need in Dawson and Forsyth counties. Volunteers plant, harvest, and weed at the farm. There are 25 spots available for volunteers, so this opportunity is great for gathering your small group. For questions, contact volunteer@MealsbyGrace.org.


    Meals By Grace:

    Sunday Service Day

    Sundays | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
    6405 Midway United Methodist Church
    5025 Atlanta Hwy

    Meals by Grace Sunday Service Day serves Forsyth County families every Sunday at Midway United Methodist Church from 1:00 to about 4:00 PM (depending on delivery duration). Volunteers prepare, cook, and deliver meals to 70 families in Forsyth County. There are plenty of spots for volunteers, so bring the whole family. For questions, contact volunteer@MealsbyGrace.org.


    Meals By Grace:

    Client Choice Pantry

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 
    9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    432-A Canton Highway

    The Client Choice Pantry is open for families in need to shop via a points system. Volunteers help stock shelves, unload the shipment truck and shop with our neighbors. There are eight spots available to volunteers. For questions, contact volunteer@MealsbyGrace.org.


  • Duluth
     

    Duluth Hands of Christ:

    Serve In The Food Pantry

    Throughout December
    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
    3395 Fox St. NW

    December is Perimeter’s month to serve the Duluth Hands of Christ. Come be a part of the team that assists families by loading them up with badly needed groceries from the pantry. 


    Wellspring Living:

    Christmas Eve Brunch

    Tuesday, December 24 
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Provide fixings to help program participants prepare a Christmas Eve holiday brunch. Ingredients may include but are not limited to a breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, a protein and drink option, or even a ‘chicken and waffles’ brunch. Please contact Kerrionne Phillips at kphillips@wellspringliving.org or 770.742.9641.


    Wellspring Living:

    New Year's Eve Meal And Party Supplies

    Tuesday, December 31 
    Help our participants celebrate the New Year by providing fun party supplies and a dinner meal (or ingredients for a meal). Please contact Kerrionne Phillips at kphillips@wellspringliving.org or 770.742.9641.


  • Duluth | Norcross | Buford
     

    Salvation Army:

    Red Kettle Bell Ringing

    Now through Dec 24
    10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 

    Volunteers are needed to ring the bell at the Red Kettle at various locations in Gwinnett County. This is ideal for families or for groups that could pool their time and sign up for an entire day doing two-hour shifts. Please contact Hazel Barrett at Hazel.Barrett@uss.salvationarmy.org  or 404-395-4215.


  • Johns Creek
     

    A Beacon of Hope:

    Provide Musical Entertainment At Our Christmas Party

    Tue, Dec 17 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church
    2850 Old Alabama Rd.

    Provide musical entertainment for Beacon families at our Christmas party! Our Bridge program is for families who faced an unplanned pregnancy and chose to parent despite significant pressures to abort. Each year, they look forward to our Christmas party with delicious treats, craft-making, and a Bible lesson. By providing musical entertainment, you’ll make this a very special night out for sweet families who deserve to be celebrated. For more information, contact Pam at pgricius@abeaconofhope.com.


  • Lawrenceville
     

    Salvation Army:

    Angel Tree Sorting Toy Warehouse

    Now through December 9
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
    December 10 – 14
    9:00 AM – 9:00 PM 
    665 Duluth Highway, Suite 601

    Sort toys collected from various Angel Trees and help set up the Toy Warehouse for Christmas. Volunteers can just walk in. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Hazel Barrett at Hazel.Barrett@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404.395.4215.


    Salvation Army:

    Distribution Of Toy Warehouse

    Mon, Dec 16 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    665 Duluth Highway, Suite 601

    Volunteers are needed to distribute toys to families in need. You will need to register ahead of time. Sponsors are also needed to adopt and shop for needy children. For more information, contact Hazel Barrett at Hazel.Barrett@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404.395.4215.


    Promise686:

    Distribute Gift Baskets To Foster Families And Foster Children

    Sat, Dec 14 | 10:00 AM - Noon 
    Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
    165 S. Clayton Street

    Volunteers would man a table (or take on other roles) to distribute gift baskets to foster families and children. This would give foster families an opportunity to get connected with care communities and be encouraged. For more information, please email Jean Rector at jean@promise686.org.


    Promise686:

    Distribute Gift Baskets To Foster Families And Foster Children

    Sat, Dec 21 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
    DFCS Office, 95 Constitution Blvd.

    Volunteers would man a table (or take on other roles) to distribute gift baskets to foster families and children. This would give foster families an opportunity to get connected with care communities and be encouraged. For more information, please email Hannah Rinehart at hannah.rinehart@gmail.com.


    Salvation Army:

    Red Kettle Bell Ringing

    Now through December 24
    10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 
    Various Cities

    Volunteers are needed to ring the bell at the Red Kettle at various locations in Gwinnett County. This is ideal for families or for groups that could pool their time and sign up for an entire day doing two-hour shifts. Please contact Sue-Ann Jeffrey at Sue-Ann.Jeffrey@uss.salvationarmy.org  or 770.724.1677.


  • Norcross
     

    Campus Church:

    Traveling Christmas Party For The Homeless

    Sat, Dec 21 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    1525 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW

    We are invited to join Project Kids Eat and Campus Church for their traveling Christmas Party. We will meet at Campus Church in Norcross and take a traveling Christmas to the homeless families and the elderly living in our extended stay hotels. We’ll be bringing them toys, stockings, art kits, food, cleaning supplies and other needed items. For more information, contact Jackie Dieter at jackied@perimeter.org.


  • Peachtree Corners
     

    Norcross Cooperative Ministry:

    The Merry Market Christmas Program

    Now through Tue, Dec 17
    Various Times

    4480 Peachtree Corners Cir
    Each year, Norcross Co-op ensures that families experience the joy and true spirit of Christmas. The Merry Market provides a place that empowers parents to select toys and gifts for their children. Come join us and experience the true joy of giving and receiving. This opportunity is great for individuals, as well as small and large groups to serve together. Come ready to help set the store up, stock the shelves, serve light refreshments and act as hosts helping families pick out their gifts. This volunteer activity is for all ages and abilities.

    To learn more, visit merrymarket.org. If you have questions, contact Tammi or Traci Consolini at 404.550.8072 or 404.273.0953 or email them at christmas@norcrossco-op.org.

     


  • Roswell
     

    North Fulton Community Charities:

    Create Christmas Baskets For Seniors

    Now through Sat, Dec 14 
    11270 Elkins Rd.

    North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides holiday baskets to local seniors in need. You can help make Christmas special by preparing a decorated basket. The decorated baskets are filled with non-perishable food items for a holiday dinner, a $25 grocery store gift card and a small gift item. Baskets will be delivered on December 15.


    North Fulton Community Charities:

    Santa Shop

    11720 Elkins Rd.

    North Fulton Community Charities has been serving local families in need during the holidays for more than 30 years. Our Santa Shop provides toys and gifts to local children in need at the holidays. Please help give a child a very special Christmas by donating new toys and gifts for our Santa Shop. Toys will be collected by volunteers at our holiday distribution site — check website for more information.


    Collect, Sorts and Organize Gifts For The Santa Shop Program

    Thu, Dec 10  | 4:00 - 6:00 PM  
    Set up site and collect gifts


    Wed, Dec 11 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM  
    Set up site and collect gifts

     

    Fri, Dec 13 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Final set up and collect gifts


    Santa Shop Toy Dristibution

    Sat, Dec 14 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
         or Noon - 3:00 PM 
    Sun, Dec 15 | 12:30 - 4:30 PM

    Volunteers will help parents select Christmas gifts for their children as they walk through the Santa Shop.


  • Sugar Hill | Buford
     

    North Gwinnett Co-op:

    Help With Christmas Preparations

    Sat, Dec 14 
    9:00 AM – NOON AND 1:00 – 4:00 PM
    4395 Commerce Drive

    Volunteers are needed to assist with Saturday operations and Christmas preparations. Volunteers will sort donations, assist in the thrift store, and help set up for the holiday giving programs. Some lifting required. Volunteers must be 7 and older. For more information or to sign up, please contact Kim Phillips at kphillips@ngcoop.org.


  • Various Cities
     

    Promise686:

    Blessing Baskets For Foster Families

    Now through Fri, Dec 13

    Encourage a foster family by creating a special gift basket to brighten their holiday and bless their family.

    Suggested items to include:

    • $25 gift card to Amazon, Target or Walmart

    • Card game or board game for family enjoyment

    • Snacks

    • Chocolate

    • Candy

    • Chamomile tea

    • A personal note to the foster parents

    • A Christmas CD

    • Board games for families

    • Family conversation cards pack

    • The Jesus Storybook Bible

    Pack the basket with items included above and contact Hannah at hannah.rinehart@gmail.com or 770.880.3617 to coordinate drop off.


    Hi-Hope Service Center:

    Decorate A Home For Christmas

    Now through December 23 

    Do you love to decorate for the holidays? Share your talents with friends from Hi-Hope! Hi-Hope Service Center has five residential homes located throughout Gwinnett County. Volunteers are needed to adopt a home. Volunteers will decorate the house or a resident’s room for the holidays. This is great for a family or group to spread holiday cheer. Contact Jessica at jszafranek@hihopecenter.org or 770.963.8694.


    Hi-Hope Service Center:

    Holiday Companionship

    Now through December 23 
    The holidays are great times to build new friendships with people who are always open to making new friends. Come to Hi-Hope for an hour or two and help us keep the holiday blues at bay by engaging in conversation and activities with people one-on-one. This activity is ideal for individuals or small groups. Contact Jessica for more information at jszafranek@hihopecenter.org or 770.963.8694.

    Hi-Hope Service Center:

    Arts and Crafts Projects

    Now through December 19 
    Monday – Friday
    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 
    882 Hi Hope Rd.

    Host a holiday craft project for a small group of individuals at Hi-Hope! This is a great opportunity for a small group to build new relationships. Contact Jessica for more information at jszafranek@hihopecenter.org or 770.963.8694.




Help us host our family, friends, and neighbors for CHRISTMAS AT PERIMETER. From the front door to the nursery, from handing out bulletins to handing out cookies, from face-painting to photo-ops, from Sunday mornings to candlelight services, December holds the perfect opportunity for you (and families, too!) to play a part in helping make this season merry and bright!


Christmas-time Treat Team

After Sunday morning Services 
December 8, 15, and 22

Help us hand out treats in the Atrium to our church family and friends after services. Sign up at perimeter.org/TeamChristmas.

Christmas Family Fun Fest Volunteer Team

Sunday, December 15
Various serving times

Face painting to reindeer photos, cookie decorating to hot chocolate, setting up to quick cleanup, dozens of volunteers are needed to help us host the holliest, jolliest, yuletidiest? event of the season. Sign up at perimeter.org/TeamChristmas.

Christmas Eve Services — Welcome Hosts, Childcare Volunteers, “The Answer” Giveaway Team

Tuesday, December 24 
1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 9:00 PM 

Christmas Eve is always a special time at Perimeter. The beautiful candlelight services are a memory our church family loves to share with friends and neighbors. Celebrate and adore Him with us we welcome others into our church home. Sign up at perimeter.org/TeamChristmas.



Family Resources

  • Reverse Advent Calendar

    Here’s an idea to try something different than the typical Advent calendar in your home. As we prepare for Christmas, many families in our community struggle to provide meals for their families while children are on Christmas break from school. Use the Reverse Advent Calendar to help care for families in our community.

    How Does it Work?
    Each day add an item to a box. On Christmas Eve or during the week between Christmas and the New Year while children are out of school, deliver this box of food to a neighbor in need or to your local co-op. You can find a list of co-ops we serve at perimeter.org/FoodDrive.

  • Poverty Game

    As you and your family prepare for Christmas this Advent Season, use this activity to reflect on the difficult choices our neighbors and families are forced to make this season and often every day. If you had a “15-candy budget” to spend every month, how would you spend it? What would your priorities be? To play, place the required number of candies to indicate your spending choices. You have to make a choice for each category. You cannot skip any categories. Pretend you are married. You both work and have a 14-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

    Once you finish the game try these questions and talk about them as a family. Some unexpected expenses occur:

    - One of your children has strep throat and had to see the doctor. Remove 2 candies from your board.

    - Mom was just laid off from her job. Remove 4 candies from your board.

    For discussion: Did you find it hard to decide what you might go without? Today, many of our family, friends, and neighbors are forced to make these tough decisions every day.