Celebrating over 30 Years of AGF

We invite you to join us for the Alternative Gift Fair (AGF) on December 2 and 9 from 9 am to 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall – Come spread the joy of Christmas through giving meaningful gifts to those you love while also helping children and families in Chico and around the world. This Christmas we are celebrating over 30 years of AGF making a tangible impact in the lives of those in need through our Mission Partners. Join us in celebration through giving gifts that make a difference!


You can print out this card for each symbolic gift you are purchasing and giving.  The card is designed to print on one sheet of paper landscape.  Please fold your card in half that shows the Alternative Gift fair description on top of the area you will complete.  Then fold in half again.  When all folded, your card should have a top fold with “Merry Christmas” on the cover.  When you open the card up, you will see the description on the top flap and the area you complete on the bottom part.  The back side of the card has the Alternative Gift Fair logo.  Download Card Here

Africa Hospitality Institute

AHI prepares vulnerable, unemployed young adults in Uganda to lead significant and productive lives that bless others. They do this through a 2 year journey of mentoring, character development, and vocational training.  Website

Agros International

Agros International – Agros works with rural families in Central America and Mexico, breaking the cycle of poverty through a holistic development model of community organization, land ownership, housing and infrastructure, sustainable economic growth and community education.  Website

Bridging the Gap By Giving

Bridging the Gap by Giving is a Donor-Advised Foundation Fund under North Valley Community Foundation that raises awareness and funds for safe water projects in Africa. Our partners in country are Lifewater International, TivaWater, and World Vision.  We have provided 25,000 Africans clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.  Website

Cast Hope

Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program that builds relationships between underprivileged/at-risk kids and mentors through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, and educational field trips.   Website

Chico Food Project

The Chico Food Project is a fun and simple way to share food with the hungry in our community. A team member comes to your doorstep 6 times per year to pick up your blue bag filled with non-perishables and leave you an empty bag for the next pickup.   Website

Citrus Elementary Adopt-A-School Ministry

We partner with the teachers and students of Citrus School. The ministry is centered on giving hope to children by showing them God’s unconditional love and guiding them into becoming whole persons socially, intellectually and spiritually.  Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Donations of your time, your talents, your prayers and gifts are always appreciated.  Read with a child, do science experiments with several children, play on the playground with children. The Bobcat Den is stocked by our church and the children spend Power Paws (vouchers) they earn for being responsible, respectful and safe. School supplies, bikes, holiday items, books, knickknacks, gently used clothing, jewelry, etc. are always welcome.  Email:  pamwear3@att.net


A silent humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the Northern Triangle of Central America. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are experiencing some of the highest levels of violence in the worldIn 2016, estimates suggest more than 500,000 people were displaced by violence in the region, and over 5,000 people were murdered in El Salvador alone.  One family at a time, Cristosal comes alongside victims of violence to provide protection when they need it most.  One case at a time, we repair the lingering effects of violations victims have endured. One community at a time, we build human rights environments to create conditions where peacebuilding is possible. Website

Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity of Butte County was established in 1993 and we are one of more than 1500 local Habitat affiliates in the United States. People in our community partner with Habitat to build decent, safe and affordable housing.  Habitat homeowners build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.  With our help, homeowners achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.  Future homeowners who apply for a new home are carefully screened and selected.  Selection is based on need for housing, willingness to work alongside other volunteers throughout the building process and their ability to pay for their new home. Sweat equity, no-interest loans and Habitat’s no-profit business model make the houses affordable and foster a sense of pride for homeowners.  Since 1993, we have built more than two dozen Habitat homes and have revitalized many neighborhoods – creating safe and vibrant communities where families can prosper and children can thrive.  We are self-governed and responsible for raising the funds we need to build homes.  Sales from our ReStore provide the revenues we need to take care of our administrative expenses and generous donations from individuals and organization provide the resources we need to offset the direct cost of construction.  Website


U.S. Foundation for the Children of Haiti

This Haitian run organization was founded over 36 years ago to serve the needy children of Haiti. BPC has supported their work for 17 years. Today it runs two homes, including one for severely disabled children, 2 elementary schools, one college, and a hospital.  www.usfch.org Website  

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

This is a campus ministry whose goal is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Kimberley Wun works alongside staff in Chico, Reno, Merced and the Sacramento area.

Jesus Center

The Jesus Center is a local, faith based non-profit organization serving people experiencing homelessness in our community.  In response to the complexity of homelessness, hunger and poverty, we work with our community to restore those suffering from isolation to community integration. We provide services including an emergency shelter for up to 25 women and children, daily & special holiday meals, trained resource specialists and vocational training for job readiness. Our transitional housing program has grown to include six houses for up to 40 men, women & children. www.jesuscenter.org

New Life Homes - Swaziland


New Life Homes began in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis and provides loving homes for 40 orphans, a preschool-7th grade school and a 195 acre vegetable/animal farm for their food security and income generation. Website


One Mobile Projector Per Trainer

One Mobile Projector per Trainer’s mission is to help educate the world’s poorest billion people with low-cost video technology. We envision a world where lack of infrastructure and illiteracy are no longer barriers to positive change, and where locally created video instruction and improvements in knowledge sharing fuel progress in impoverished communities. By equipping people with alternatively powered equipment and providing tailored, hands-on training we empower people to make the positive changes they need to improve their quality of life. Website

Orchard Church

This local church has a heart for Jesus and a dream to build a church that serves the community in practical and tangible ways. Website

Salvation Army Center

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs to the needy here in Chico and around the world.  BPC has partnered with the local Salvation Army for over twelve years to prepare and serve Sunday dinners to those in need.  www.chico.salvationarmy.org

Siloé Ministries


Siloé Ministries is a Christian medical ministry serving in La Mision, Baja California and other poor communities in Mexico. They provide needy families with free health education, medical care and Christ-centered counseling. They run a family medicine and dental clinic in La Mision, and host medical missions teams. A gift to Siloé will support our community clinic as well as health education outreach and events in nearby rural villages. Website


Senior Home Maintenance

This ministry cares for people who need assistance due to aging, widowhood, disability, or illness. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love by being in relationship with others and by doing the work to repair and revive their homes and yards. tythresher@comcast.net

Torres Shelter

The Torres Shelter is a 140 bed shelter that also helps people improve their circumstances to get back on their feet.  Members of Bidwell Presbyterian congregation have sponsored and served a dinner to the homeless since 1998.  The group has continued to serve at the Torres Shelter once a month since it was built in 2003.  Currently a number of Real Life Groups share in this ministry. Website

Young Life and Young Lives

Young Life is an outreach ministry of building relationships with adolescents who are unchurched. Young Lives is a ministry that provides relational support to teen moms. Website

BPC Youth Ministry

Every year, BPC high schoolers travel outside of our own city for some perspective on how to be witnesses for Jesus regardless of location. This year, the group will partner with Because People Matter (BPM), an organization that works with the homeless population in Portland, Oregon. Your gift helps a teen participate in this life-changing experience.  www.bidwellpres.org/youth/