Children receive Christmas gifts from St John's Stoke Church in 'Reverse Advent'


Reverend Mark Woodward from St John's Stoke Church visited the Jarvis Centre in Guildford on 19 December to deliver presents donated by the congregation.

St John's Stoke is the local Parish Church and for the last two years they have taken part in the reverse advent event. 

Reverend Mark Woodward explained that instead of opening a chocolate advent calendar the church decided to collect bags of gifts to give to children for each day during advent - known as a reverse advent event.

The congregation started to donate presents which included books, toys and games at carol services during December and children attending the services helped to fill the bags.

The Continuing Healthcare and Children's Community Nursing teams started to deliver the gifts while out on visits for the children to receive in time for Christmas.

On Friday 21 December Stacey Sinclair, HCA Continuing Healthcare Team visited Summer and Eme to deliver their gifts and it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces when they received their goodies. Summer was very excited to see a unicorn book in her bag and there were lots of giggles from Eme when she saw the Gangsta Granny book!

Jane Smith, Head of Children's Community Nursing Services said: "Special thanks to Reverend Mark Woodward and his parishioners for their generosity and for donating all the amazing gifts to the Jarvis Centre again this year which will really make a difference to the children we care for this Christmas".