Local Church Conspires to Help the Poor

BAKERSFIELD, Ca, November 15, 2010 — Parkside Church believes that Christmas can still change the world and has partnered with the Advent Conspiracy to celebrate Christmas by spending less, giving more, worshiping fully, and loving all this holiday season.
The Advent Conspiracy is a grassroots movement with more than 1,000 churches in 17 countries participating as co-conspirators. Last year, through the Advent Conspiracy, $3 Million was raised for relief projects which included providing clean water and medical attention in communities around the world.

Each church involved with the Advent Conspiracy chooses its own project. The project could be drilling water wells for those who lack access to clean water or simply encouraging church members to think of meaningful acts of kindness as a way to replace traditional gifts.

By partnering with the Advent Conspiracy, Parkside Church plans to combat a problem that millions of people around the globe face every day: a lack of clean drinking water. A special offering will be collected during the Advent Conspiracy sermon series and donated to Living Water International. According to their website, Living Water International exists to, “Address the most basic of needs by helping deprived communities acquire safe, clean water.” Beginning on Sunday, November 28, the members of Parkside Church will be encouraged to spend less on Christmas gifts this year and give more to help those in need of clean drinking water.

Senior Pastor, Chris Bennett believes that the Advent Conspiracy will help Parkside to focus on what Christmas is really all about, “We are encouraging people to buy one less gift this Christmas. It’s not just about saving money in a bad economy. We are encouraging people to give the money that they would have spent on that gift to people in need around the world. Rather than giving a gift out of obligation, our church is committed to giving gifts that really will change the world – gifts like quality time, providing clean water, and looking for ways to be more loving.”

For more information about the Advent Conspiracy or Living Water International, you can visit the Parkside Church website at www.ConnectGrowReach.org.

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