Blackhawk Presbytery
Friday, September 18, 2020
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061



2020 CWS Kits Challenge



The 2020 Kits challenge to Blackhawk churches is to make at least– 35 school kits, 10 Hygiene Kits and 2 clean-up buckets. There is great need for Hygiene kits and clean-up buckets at this time.  As always, any and all kits are appreciated.  Some items for the clean-up buckets may be difficult to find during the pandemic.

Because the November 10th Presbytery meeting will not be in person, churches will need to deliver their kits (at any point) to The Church of the Brethren Headquarters, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL (click for map). Hours: M-F 8 am-11:30 am & 1 pm-3:30 pm. (phone: 800-323-8039). 

Please mail your processing/shipping donations of $2 per School & Hygiene Kits and $3 per clean-up bucket directly to: CWS Kit Program, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515-0968 

January-June 2020 CWS distributions in the USA – 20,428 and Internationally – 19,522 totaling 39,950.

CWS is so grateful to all who keep making the kits, filling their warehouses, 

so when the need arises the kits can be shipped .





To all churches in Blackhawk Presbytery:

The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, are issuing this challenge for 2020.    WILL EACH CONGREGATION MAKE AT LEAST…


We suggest you purchase items needed for school kits during July and August sales.

We have learned from Church World Service there is great need for SCHOOL KITS and CLEAN-UP BUCKETS. Last spring all requests for kits could not be fulfilled - CWS warehouse supplies were depleted. Let us try to double the challenge!! Whatever kits and amounts you are able to provide are greatly appreciated!

Kit brochures with details for all three kits will be available at Presbytery meetings or can be ordered from the Church World Service website, 

If your church group is sewing the School Kit bags, they should be made of solid-colored fabric with no logos or the bags can be purchased thru All items in the school bags must be packed inside the bag. OPTIONAL: Loose items may be placed in a ziplock-type bag to keep them together. Remove the air, seal the bag and place inside of the cloth bag. The wide-tooth combs needed for Hygiene Kits must have at least 6 inches of teeth. Check the CWS website for more details.

Your kits will be collected at the November 10th Presbytery meeting at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake. Please bring the kits in SEALED boxes, marked with the name and address of your church and the kind and quantity of kits inside – school kits and hygiene kits need to be in separate boxes.  Clean-up buckets do not need to be in boxes, but should have the name and address of your church taped to the outside. (You may copy and use this label).  Please tape the buckets closed.  A gift of $2.00 per kit ($3.00 for buckets) made out to Church World Service can be brought to the Presbytery meeting or sent directly to CWS (see form here).  These funds help get the kits into the hands of those in need.

Many of you continue to exceed the challenge amounts – let’s try to increase our totals in 2020!!  CWS is so grateful to all in Blackhawk Presbytery for being a part of this world wide ministry!!