For 60 years, the women of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have had a special way to express their gratitude to God for the blessings they have received – the Blessing Box. The Blessing Box was created in 1953, the result of a dream of the women who founded Christian Women’s Fellowship. Jessie Trout, who was CWF’s co-founder and first executive secretary, developed the idea as an over – and – above way to help fund the wider mission of the church. Since that time, Blessing Boxes have been kept in the homes and offices of women across the church to enable them to express their gratitude for everyday blessings by giving to others. In 2013, the Blessing Bag was introduced as part of this practice.
Thanks is given for a sunny day, a birth, a reconciling experience, a welcome phone call, a child’s smile, a beautiful snow fall, a flower in full bloom, relief from pain, a good book, a safe journey, and many other things. It is a way of saying “Thank you God, for your world and especially for people.”
For those who participate, it is a spiritual discipline even more than a financial one. It helps keep a focus on gratitude to God and on the responsibility to share blessings with others. The amount put in may be a dime, a quarter or more. The amount is not nearly as important as the discipline of regularly remembering God’s goodness through the acts of dropping in coins and praying prayers of thanksgiving.
Via the Disciples Mission Fund online donation system. You may make a one-time donation or schedule various recurring donation options. Be sure to select “Blessing Boxes” in the ‘Select Designation’ option.
Offerings may be converted to a check made payable to Disciples Mission Fund. Please send with this Remittance Form marked “Blessing Box” and mail to:
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986
In addition to cultivating life-long habits of thanks-giving, the Blessing Box has generated millions of dollars in mission support. From 2000 to July 2013, Blessing Boxes have contributed a total of $2,947,800 for the mission of the church, with $715,022 of that going to support women’s ministries. Since 2007, 50 percent of the donations go directly to the ministries carried out by the women of our church through the International Disciples Women’s Ministries. Your giving makes a significant difference in the mission of the church at home and abroad.
Blessing Box Song – released in 2011