The folk at St Mary’s have been working hard to decorate their church ready for the annual Christmas Fair this Saturday 3 December.
There will be homemade jams, chutneys, Christmas cakes and other baking as well as a range of Christmas crafts, and other items for sale. Donkey rides will be organised for the kids and a café will serve refreshment, says Sally-Ann Riddell.
“The church is also open to view with beautiful decorations for a gold coin donation. This year’s theme is ‘Downton Abbey’ – A white Christmas.”
The fair has become a regular fundraiser to help raise money to build a hall at the back of the church.
The Downton Abbey theme is made up of pearls, white feathers, diamantes and lace. The church has three Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths decorated and are all adorned with metres and metres of pearls, ribbon, diamantes and feathers.
St Mary’s has a building fund which will help construct a small church hall and kitchenette, to give a place to host Sunday school and social gatherings. It will be made in keeping with the church using the same bricks, she says.
Throughout the year a small dedicated group have met once a month to make decorations. In November they started meeting weekly to get the church finished in time for the first Sunday of Advent on Nov 27. Eftpos will be available at the Fair.
The church will also be open to view on Saturday 10 December from 9am-1pm. This is the same day as the Gordonton Country Market which is five minutes down the road in Hukanui Park.
St Mary’s will also open the church by appointment from 4th-24 December for groups of eight or more for a donation of $20, or $2 per person for larger groups.
Bookings for December 2017 Christmas weddings are now being taken.
For further information, contact Sally-Ann on 07 8243850 or email her here.