Road tour aims to unwrap the true meaning of Christmas

People in search of a more meaningful Christmas will have an opportunity to connect with “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour,” coming to Little Rock on December 7.

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road in 16 states this year to offer free hot cocoa, opportunities to lend a helping hand and an invitation to join with others to unwrap the true meaning of Christmas.

“We want to offer our community a different type of gift: an opportunity to celebrate what Christmas is all about by engaging in service with neighbors, boosting joy and building relationships with others,” said the Rev. Richard Lancaster, superintendent of the Central District.

“We are also extending an invitation to attend a place of worship or become part of a faith community.”

A number of central Arkansas churches will host the come-and-go event in Little Rock at the Outlets of Little Rock, located at 11201 Bass Pro Dr., from Noon until 4 p.m. on December. An easy-to-find, bedecked tour truck will be the centerpiece of the festivities. The wholecommunity is invited.

There will also be a collection of non-perishable food items for 200K Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger, an Arkansas United Methodist initiative, benefiting local food banks.

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center in 2013 indicated that the activities that people least liked at Christmas time are the commercialism/materialism, money/expense, and shopping/crowds. What they most look forward to is spending time with family and friends
(69%) and religious reflection/church (11%).

“This tour is a unique way for the church to reach out to people who are experiencing loneliness or who want to give back to the community at this significant time of year,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, which is coordinating the month-long expedition.

“More than 500 volunteers from local United Methodist churches are partnering with us to make this a multi-state effort.”

The True Meaning of Christmas tour will stop in 21 cities, December 2–24. Follow the tour online at UnwrapChristmas.org and #UnwrapChristmas. Watch for additional information on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at ARKANSASUMC and arumc.org.