Since 2010, Bless Friday® has provided an alternative to hectic Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Churches and Christians in Houston, The Woodlands, Katy, Trinity, and Cotulla Texas and Seattle, Washington are preparing service projects that honor Christ at Christmas on Friday, November 29 and also on Saturday the 30th. These churches encourage families and individuals to celebrate Bless Friday® as an alternative to Black Friday.
Bless Friday® is a movement to honor Christ by starting the Christmas season with service. Our vision is to transform Black Friday, a national shopping phenomenon, into Bless Friday®, a spirit-filled service day.
Houston churches’ efforts will include; sending congregants to The Beacon, a homeless shelter established by Christ Church Cathedral; helping at the Houston Food Bank; assisting at The Forge, a mission to families in an economically disadvantaged area; holding a clothing give away; and preparing the public areas of the Open Door Mission for Christmas. ODM helps addicted, homeless and disabled men. At-home activities include packing rice and beans for the Fuente Food Pantry, making Christmas Blessing Boxes for the Seafarers Mission at the Port of Houston and making no-sew pillows for the Amazing Place, a wellness center for people dealing with dementia.
Activities in other cities include: assisting at The Good Shepherd Mission in Huntsville, Texas; visiting and playing games with residents in a nursing home in Cotulla; cleaning up a church campus in The Woodlands, and working at food banks in Katy and Seattle. This is the first year for Bless Friday® in Katy.
Chuck Fox, founder of Bless Friday®, states, “Starting your Christmas celebration by helping others changes how you view the season. Children especially may be transformed as they shift their focus from receiving presents to serving others. Join us by choosing an activity that honors Christ, gather together your family and friends, and start your Christmas celebration with service.”
Bless Friday® was founded in 2010 in Houston to change the way Americans celebrate Christmas.