A year after the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster began its run of “God Bless America” coupons, churches across the country are giving out more coupons to Christians to make the holiday season sweeter.
The denominations are giving away coupons at churches that host events that encourage participation, such as the Balsam Hill Chapel, the New Era Chapel and the St. Paul Cathedral.
The churches have been given the chance to promote the gift of Christmas with the coupons.
“I think it’s really important to make sure that we don’t lose that spirit of giving and that we have a lot of good gifts for the season, “said Carol McDonough, the executive director of the National Churches Giving Campaign.
McDonachow said the churches are using the coupons to encourage the generosity of the congregation.
“There’s a lot to be said for making a sincere effort and trying to reach out to people and give them something good to spend time with, whether it’s a gift card or a discount coupon,” McDonagh said.
“It’s a very generous gesture.”
This year, the denominations have been able to give away more than 500,000 coupons, McDonac said.
Some of the more popular coupons include the Balesam Hill Church’s “Treat Your Body to Christ” and the New England Baptists’ “We Love Our Church.”
The Balesamp Hills Church will be celebrating its “God’s Gift” Christmas, Oct. 17, with a free Christmas meal and gift shop for members.
New Era Church will have a free food truck, including turkey, ham, stuffing and gravy for all members and non-members.
Paul Cathedral will be holding a free event featuring a Santa costume contest, as well as a holiday meal and a gift shop, on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The New York City Presbyterian Church will offer a free dinner and gift store, as part of the Celebrate Your Body Day event.
The Lutheran Church has been celebrating its Christmas Eve event with a Christmas Day dinner and a free holiday meal for members, while the Church and Methodist Churches will have free Christmas Day activities.