For the last 8 years the Cathedral, together with San Silvestre School, has organized a Christmas Box project, sending shoes boxes to children in different parts of Peru. Each person participating receives the name and age of a child from one of the lists received, and prepares a shoe box containing items under four categories:
Once these have been prepared they are checked at the Cathedral by a team, and sorted according to destination. They are then transported to their destinations, and distributed. Before the boxes are distributed, each child receives a colouring booklet entitled “What is Christmas?” which is explained to the children. After this the children are usually given a chocolatada and as they leave they receive their boxes.
This year we are sending a total of 361 boxes to:
-Pucará, Ayacucho (a tiny village in the high Andes)
-Llaquepata, Cusco (high Andes)
-Women´s Prison in Cusco (6 children aged under 3, living in the prison with their mothers)
-Condado Pichilikiari, Chanchamayo, Junin
-Tunanmarca, Huancayo, Junin (high Andes)
-Some families in the Ines Health Project which Works with families with children with difficult health conditions (usually disabilities)
Whilst the boxes are provided, there are other ways you can help:
If you would like to give a donation to cover transportation costs, chocolatadas, etc, please give to the office in a marked envelope.
Last year we spent S/.943 on transport and S/.606 on chocolatadas for 340 children.
You can see photos and update from last years project here
We like to keep the kids busy for you while you have a look round the stalls or sit and have a cuppa tea. So this year as well as the games, we will have a craft corner set up so your little ones can sit with us and be artistic.
So what can they do?
What's else is happening!
At 12noon is the start of our Grand Raffle! We have some amazing prizes up for grabs so be sure to buy plenty to increase your chances of winning something. Tickets are S/5 each and can be purchased now from our office or after our 10am Sunday service during fellowship.
Have a look here at a sneak peak of some of the prizes!
Our famous homemade Christmas puddings and jars of mincemeat are available to purchase.
You can also preorder them now! Just contact us and we will reserve them for you. Have a look at this post full of pictures of us making them!
We have such a selection of homemade jams and chutney, see below a few examples of what we have been making so far, come along on the day and see what else we have to offer!
Have you, like us, long admired the stunning windows and building we have here at the Good Shepherd Cathedral? Well now you can take a little piece of us home with you, with these beautiful coloured small blank cards of photographs of our windows, we even have a colouring book with pictures of our windows, perfect for children or adults! Or why not pick up one of mugs with a simple pretty drawing of the building.
Once again we will have our table full of our used English books! Come and stock up on your book needs
Back with us again is Vicky and she will be doing face painting until 3pm.
You can be anything from a unicorn to a snowman or even your favourite superhero.
Here are a few examples of her work, you can check out her facebook page - Jehová Niisi Eventos & karovimas.
Garden Cafe and BBQ
Come and sit in our garden cafe and enjoy some wonderful savoury and sweet snacks as well as a warm cup of tea or cold beer, whatever you are fancying. Items are subject to availability.
White Elephant and Esther's Closet
You can be sure to find some treasures on one or both of these stalls, full of used and vintage items that people have donated to us
The Arpillera Project has its own stall of stunning colourful handmade decorations and accessories. You can find out more about this project here.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Please join, share and invite everyone to our facebook event to stay up to date
10am-5pm S/3 entry fee per person
This past Sunday was a special day as Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day the 11th November fell on the same day, it also marked the 100th anniversary since the signing of the armistice to end WWI. It was fantastic to be joined by so many in the community who came along to share in our prayers and thanks to the many fallen soldiers and veterans who gave up so much for us to have the lives we have today.
We would like to thank our rector Fr. Mark for leading the ceremony, of which we were also accompanied by Fr. Ian Montgomery who gave a powerful sermon.
Our special service was in association with the British Royal Legion and we were joined by various members of our embassies.
Outside after the service we laid our poppies in remembrance of the fallen soldiers to thank and pray for them and for the remaining families