St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosting Christmas Bazaar

Holly Viers • Nov 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is kicking off the holiday shopping season Saturday with its annual Christmas Bazaar.

Now in its 11th year, the event will feature hundreds of handmade, one-of-a-kind treats for the whole family. Paige Kramer, event chairwoman, said around 85 volunteers have been working for several weeks to make the bazaar possible.

“Some things have not changed,” Kramer said. “It’s still all people in the church that are making items or have donated items or have gotten items donated. So that has remained the same, and the feeling of it has remained the same. Just the scope of it is what has changed — the number of people volunteering and involved.”

When is the bazaar?

The event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the church, located at 161 E. Ravine Road.

A fashion show featuring the church’s day school students will take place at 10:30. Then, lunch will be served at $10 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu includes pit-cooked barbecue, prepared onsite, with cornbread, slaw, drinks and dessert. Meals can be purchased to-go or enjoyed at the church.

What’s for sale?

• Home, garden and holiday décor, including Christmas wreaths, ornaments and tablescape items

• Original artwork

• Knitted, needlecraft and woodworking items

• Gifts for kids, family and pets

• Hostess and teacher gifts

• Jewelry, including fine, redesigned and costume pieces

• Homemade foods including pies, cakes, cookies, candies, jams and jellies

• Homemade frozen soups in varieties like zesty tomato, vegetable beef, and chicken and wild rice

“The jewelry booth and the bake sale are always very popular,” said Anne McGinty, publicity committee member. “People line up before we open in order to get to the jewelry booth first. … The pieces that our booth chair, Alice Pitchie, makes are one-of-a-kind; they’re unique. She makes a lot of jewelry and what I would call jewelry art.”

How will proceeds be used?

Proceeds will benefit four of the church’s outreach ministries:

• St. Paul’s Day School and Kindergarten

• Kingsport Community Ministry Center (KCMC), an interfaith charity that provides financial and resource assistance to the needy

• Laundry Love, a ministry with St. Timothy’s and St. Christopher’s Episcopal that provides free laundry service once a month

• Youth mission projects, which build youths’ spiritual compassion for the less fortunate

“Because of where the proceeds go, there are four different ways that shopping here will actually help other people, as well,” Kramer said.

Learn more

To find more information about the event, including photos of some of the items that will be available for sale, visit www.facebook.com/StPaulsBazaar. For questions, call (423) 245-5187.