Christmas parties, home decorating and holiday baking are all the fun festivities for the season but nothing compares to the happy moment where a child unwraps a present on Christmas morning with their brand new toy inside. Some children will not get this moment.
Across the globe, countless children will spend Christmas without getting even one present! Several Hopers visited Haiti and Zimbabwe, along with a few other Caribbean countries and witnessed the children using empty plastic bottles and the objects we typically throw in the recycling bins as their only toys.
LAST CHANCE FOR HAPPINESS!
Giving any one of these children their very first toy would make me happy this Christmas! HopeNYC has a Toy Drive each year and everyone gets the opportunity to give! This Sunday is THE LAST CHANCE to give as the drive ends!!! If interested, you can give in-person or on the HopeNYC app! This year, the toys will be going to Zimbabwe, Trinidad, Guyana and Jamaica! This is how to make a happier Christmas…for them!
You be Happy Too!
Everyone enjoys themselves at HopeNYC’s Christmas Parade in December! The lights, music, spectacular floats, Queen’s largest-tree lighting! Stay tuned for more info!
2. HopeNYC’s Christmas Treat! It’s all about kids! Gifts, great food, games, hot chocolate, Santa clause and prizes! Stay tuned for more info!
3. Compass Cafe’ Feels good around the holiday time with their décor, fireplace and cozy chairs. Enjoy hot beverages both now for autumn and the holiday season! Hot chocolate, milo with whipped cream, pumpkin spice, and different teas!
The best place to experience the fall atmosphere has now transformed into the perfect spot for the Christmas season! ❄️
Compass during Christmas time is cozy!
Sit on on the couch and stay warm by the fire place. Also sip one of the warm beverages including Compass’ rich hot chocolate and milo!
Be the original gift-giver and find some quaint wonderful items here. Also find the gear necessary to prepare for the holidays like serving trays, pretty cookie tins, chocolates, cake holders, gravy bowls, teapots, mugs and more items to make serving your guests quite fun!
You will find the best ornaments around!
Handmade personalized beautiful Christmas tree ornaments!
Here’s a commercial from last year of the different kinds!
(Some items may not be available this year. No Fall festival this year)
The store looks beautiful! Come see it for yourself! The Q7 and Q40 stops here! Come visit at 142-82 Rockaway Blvd Jamacia NY 11436
Opens Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 8am -7pm
Opened on Wednesdays from 8am-2pm!
Don’t miss HopeNYC’s Christmas Parade This Sunday! It’s FREE! Come witness the biggest tree lighting in Queens!
HopeNYC is preparing to make this the best Christmas ever…for children overseas.
Build an Ark was the theme of HopeNYC’s 2017 Toy Drive! Hopers picked up a hammer and worked together to raise the funds to provide tons of toys (possibly an Ark-full)
I noticed the genuine cheerfulness in giving until the drive was over. Putting a smile on a child’s face has always been an important mission at HopeNYC. A child may be receiving their first toy this year. The toys will be off to the Caribbean this Christmas: Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, and Belize! High quality popular brand new toys. As someone would say “Toys you would buy for your own children.”
What makes this year even more exciting is that some of the Hopers will be going to the
countries to distribute these toys in person.
Special gifts were given to every participant of the Toy Drive so they won’t forget the time they got to Build An Ark.
You would hear the mechanical melody of drilling, pounding and jigsawing to the sounds of Christmas music if you took a walk inside HopeNYC. Hopers are prepping and constructing daily in the warehouse to build the most spectacular unthinkable parade floats! These floats will beautifully stroll down the streets of Rockaway blvd in lights and tell the true meaning of Christmas! You may also see familiar favorite characters and Christmas traditions.
Come be part of the celebration at HopeNYC’s 2017 Christmas Parade on Sunday December 3rd at 5pm!The route starts on 130th street Rockaway blvd and ends at HopeNYC with extra festivities! You have early notice so come get a good view and some great pictures!
‘Twas the perfect Christmas night filled with joy, excitement, music and lights! Rockaway blvd was alive and filled with joy as HopeNYC kicked off the Christmas season! HopeNYC’s annual light Parade has awakened the neighborhood and grabbed the attention of thousands! After long days and nights of carving styrofoam, painting, glittering, motorizing moving parts etc, the finished floats strolled out spectacularly stunning the streets with it’s beauty from God’s glory. Each float revealed something significant and special about the king of kings! Even the very story books we read for Christmas came to life and told something glorious about His Story which is History!
The Hope Dancers!
The floats later made their way home to HopeNYC Church and the crowd eagerly followed! Then finally in plain sight appeared the largest Christmas tree Queens had ever seen! Thousands of bright vibrant dazzling lights. The finale began with hot chocolate and cookies galore that tasted just right. Right after, the celebration was followed by a sparkling performance by the Hope Dancers! The night officially ended as Caribbean gospel artist Eddie Neblett sang us out after singing songs all night from his Christmas album: The Birth of Savior (On iTunes) People got to take photos with the float characters and dancers after the tree lighting. Family and friends also gathered for photos by the Hope Tree! We also could not miss the opportunity to take photos with Santa!
To see some phone footage, photos, live videos, posts and more from the parade just go on Facebook or Instagram and search for #HopeParade2016. Also LIKE HopeNYC on Facebook if you haven’t yet so you can catch the upcoming fun Christmas events and the Christmas and New Years service!
During Decebmer, many of the HopeNYC Ministries end the year with a Christmas party! It’s a time to celebrate and fellowship with the team! It’s also a great time to reflect on the year. It’s truly a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Honestly, I find that the best Christmas parties happen in church. They are so much fun! Here are some tips FOR YOU on how to have an Awesome Christmas party! (Also a small peak on how HopeNYC did Christmas this year)
Set up a photo booth with props!
For this type of photobooth, it does not have to be expensive to set up or taken with an expensive camera! If you have a small ideal area in your church/home/venue like a fireplace or corner with a blank solid colored wall, you can use that as the background! The people will be the ones to bring life into the picture! For the props just draw, color and create your favorite Christmas items on white poster board paper. Also make funny speech bubbles, Merry Christmas signs and little santa hats! Don’t forget to put them on a stick! If possible, you should get some of your more artistic friends to handle the task. Take plenty of pics with your camera or cell phone! The more silly the better! Also strut your stuff with some Christmas garlands! (Click to enlarge images)
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Food is important!
It’s Christmas! Go all out! Find the food that is best preferred by your group! For an example, we have quite a bit people in our church born from the Carribean. Things like baked ham, bread, jerk chicken, turkey, peardrax and sorrel excites them! For the young adults, they do fancy finger foods. For the teens they enjoy some good pizza! What would your crowd like?
No matter how old, games are great! Try games like Christmas Charades and musical chairs! Seeing adults playing these ought to bring some good laughs! Also do dance contests and if you are feeling genorous, give some cash away! Organize a good “Lets make a Deal game!” Get boxes of all sizes ready to confuse and overwhelm your guests with decisions! Get envelopes for cash (Could be 1-$100). Also get some good prizes and gag prizes!
You can also try this fun balloon popping game
Blow about 20 or more balloons! Put cash in one of the balloons. Your guest will have the pop the balloons…with their butts! They will have to sit on the ballons, pop them and continue running around to sit on some more until they pop the winning balloon with the cash! Get about 5 people to play. This game is super fun to watch!
Also The Candy Cane Pick up game!
Get about 4-6 people to play. Spread out alot of candy canes on a table then give each player a candy cane! Have them place one candy cane in their mouth with the hook part down and they will have to pick up as many canes from the table as possible. The person who picks up the most candy cane wins! If possible, give the winner a good prize and let the other players keep their candy canes as a small prize for playing.
There is nothing more heart stopping than a raffle! Get as many gifts as you can to raffle off to your people. Get a big roll of tickets and a big basket! At HopeNYC, we have raffled off presents, iPads, TVs, Beats by Dr Dre headphones, skateboards, jewelery, Kitchen-Aid Mixers, trips, laptops, and more!
This is the time of giving! I encourage you to have a gift grab, gift exchange or a secret santa! It adds so much more fun and excitement to the event! It gives you the chance to make somene outside of your family feel loved and blessed. Here are some ways to do it!
We all know how to do this one! Start your secret santa game 4-3 weekends prior to your Christmas party so everyone can have enough time to buy the presents and excite their secret santas by sending notes, candy, cards, clues, and small presents along the way! It just makes it better!
Get a large “Santa bag!” Then tell your guest to bring a $3.00 gift to the party! Close to the end of the party, have each person that participated reach into the bag and grab a gift! If someone grabs their own gift, they can put it back and chose again. Some people might buy gifts alittle over $3.00. I hope I get that one!
Don’t have the space for them? Take them out!
If you don’t a have a meeting space for your Christmas party, dont fret! Taking the team out works very well! Every year our teen ministry goes Ice Skating then to a resturaunt. Our men’s ministry has gone out to a splendid buffet. Trips are lots of fun and they will bring your team together, just do your best to keep it exclusive and have only the people you need attend. It will keep the occasion special. Anyone outside of your group can take away from the experience. (Ex: Bringing kids to an adults group, Bringing ladies to a men’s group etc etc)
There is a saying that says: All great parties have themes! It personally excites me when there is a theme. I search my house or shop for something to match the party theme and it can push your people to try something new. I have not worn an ugly Christmas sweater in all my life until my young adults ministry had an ugly sweater party. It was so much fun seeing what other people wore and taking pictures of it. Our ladies ministry wore wear red and green. Themes also makes your party pictures come out a lot better!
Every party can have soda and juice. Make a visually appealing and delicious drink that is not typical! Try fancy mocktails in a nice plastic margerita or champaign shaped cup. Try hot chocolate with a bar of toppings such as marshmellows, whipped cream, candy canes, chocolate shavings and more! Also do Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cider, Vanilla, Caramel Macciatos in a nice mug. Like I mentioned earlier, Carribean holiday drinks for islanders such as Sorrel and Peardrax. Whatever excites your group!
Wanna get cozy?
We do a thing every year at HopeNYC called Choco-Pie! Its where people come to church in their PJ’s (appropriate of course) and we lay out delicious desserts on the table! Everyone has a chance to go on stage and showcase their talent. They sing Christmas Carols, tell jokes, play instruments live, its always such a wonderful evening! Best part! The desserts are mostly chocolate! It is also such a great time to propose to the girl of your dreams! It actually happened to a couple this year singing during a duet!
No Christmas party is complete without worship! Worship Jesus in the form of song, dance, drama, music, prayer, preaching, poetry and more! Pray about it and select people in your group who is desiring or gifted to worship in an area with you.