HOliday Giving at St. Paul's

Through your generosity, St. Paul’s makes the holidays happier for local families whose resources are scarce. Together, members and friends of this congregation provide food for hearty Thanksgiving meals and gifts for children through our Holiday Giving project. 

Last year, your compassion and care helped make the holidays brighter for 142 families in our area, including 245 children. 

The holidays are a special time to celebrate how much we can do together when the Spirit moves among us during the holiday season. Please scroll down to read about holiday outreach efforts for 2020.

We also work year-round to share our blessings through out Hunger Ministry. For information please view our Hunger Ministry page.

Holiday Giving 2020:

Rethinking the GIving Tree

To donate to the Holiday Giving Project, CLICK HERE.

Donations Welcome!

Due to the current covid-19 situation, we will not be able to hold our signature Cookies & Carols party or distribute individual children's gifts. We'll sincerely miss sharing sweet baked treats and the shiny wrapping paper on the presents that brighten the children's holidays. But, we are already working on ways our congregation can contribute to the 2020 version of the Giving Tree. 

This year, we will share our blessings with approximately 250 individuals in the households of our Hunger Ministry families and referrals from Montgomery County's Holiday Giving Project ( 

Although we can't accept "physical" gifts for our families, we are grateful for monetary donations to help us purchase Target and grocery gift cards. If you’d like to contribute in this way, financial contributions are welcomed online by Clicking HERE or by checks mailed to the church (designate Holiday Giving in the memo line).  

Christmas Greeting Cards Wanted! 

We are again soliciting donations of holiday greeting cards - this time for Christmas - with a personalized note. 

There are many ways to participate:

  • Purchase a Christmas card and hand-write a message of encouragement.
  • Use a regular blank greeting card you already have on hand and write a Merry Christmas note.
  • Hand-made cards are welcome! If you would like ideas or templates, please contact Meg Baker at

Not sure of what to say? Here are some suggestions:

  • Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas
  • God bless you this Christmas and always
  • Wishing you peace during this holiday season
  • Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones
  • Sending warm holiday wishes your way

If your card has an envelope, please DO NOT SEAL; leaving it unsealed allows us to insert the store gift card before mailing.

Cards may be dropped off at St. Paul’s, using the mail slot at the office entrance on Mitchell Street. You may also put cards in a larger envelope and mail them to: Christmas Card Challenge, St. Paul’s UMC, 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington MD 20895.

All cards must be received by December 11, 2020

Your generosity makes for warm hearts even during cold times. Thank you! 

Thanksgiving Card Challenge

A huge thank you to all who participated in the Thanksgiving Card Challenge. Over 100 very special cards came in and were used for sending 157 households in 20895 a grocery gift card. Thank you for sharing your talents and resources!

This year, St. Paul’s Sunday School community and the Justice & Compassion committee teamed up to prepare Thanksgiving cards and notes for the 140+ Kensington families in need this year. Because of the pandemic, we are not able to physically distribute Thanksgiving food, so the Hunger Ministry and the people of St. Paul’s will be providing extra generous grocery store gift cards instead. 

To add a personal touch, congregants were invited to participate in the Thanksgiving Card Challenge by providing cards or notes to accompany the gift cards. Handmade cards and store-bought cards with personal messages were stuffed with grocery cards and mailed to all of our Hunger Ministry families and county referrals. 

Questions? Please contact Kim Longsworth directly or email the church office (