December 1 - December 24, 2024

Christmas Joy

Supporting the Christmas Joy Offering honors God's gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

developing & sustaining our leaders

Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we lift up past, present, and our future leaders of the church.

God has blessed the Church with incredible leadership in every time and place, but those leaders often need to be supported by their communities as well. This Offering addresses the support needed by some of our leaders, including supporting leadership development for communities of color, and providing support for Presbyterian church workers in their time of need.

Providing comfort to church leaders

Supporting leadership development

Building up the future of the Church

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Supporting Past, Present, and Future Leaders

The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. This has been a Presbyterian commitment for nearly 140 years.

$1.1 million in gifts from 2022

are being used to provide critical financial support and grants for current and retired Presbyterian church workers in their times of need

272 individuals helped

assisted retired church workers and surviving spouses

223 recipients

Could afford to stay in their homes, assisted living, or long-term care

621 Emergency Assistant Grants

helped people facing economic hardship

Resources For Christmas Joy

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Download Leaders Guide

When you're busy, figuring out the best ways to share and promote the Christmas Joy Offering can be difficult. So, we've highlighted important facts, histories, statistics, and programs to make it easier to inspire your congregation to get involved. In this guide, you will find a variety of materials to help you promote the Christmas Joy Offering and teach your members about the work supported by their gifts.

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Common Questions

When is the Offering?

The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season. However, your congregation is welcome to celebrate this Offering at any point in the year.

To check or revise your standing order, call Customer Service at 800-533-4371 or email

Congregations remit through their normal receiving agency (usually the presbytery) or Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Mid Councils remit to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643751 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3751

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When we all do a little
it adds up to a lot.

For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift.