Advent Fair

The St. Paul’s Advent Fair is moving online!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Fair will be different from years past. We will still have beautiful handmade crafts, some shelf-stable food items, outreach gifts, our Silent Auction, and a raffle, with other gift bundles in the works as well. We hope you will join us in this virtual incarnation of our beloved annual all-parish event, which provides a major portion of our annual fundraising revenue and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship.

The Fair will run from 9:00am on Black Friday, November 27, through 2:00pm on Saturday, December 12. Our raffle winner will be drawn at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 5. Our Silent Auction bids will close at 2:00pm on December 12.

Items will be available for purchase through our online store [link to come!]. Patrons can order online, pay for their purchases via credit card using our Square storefront, and come to the church for contactless curbside pickup.

Curbside pickup days:

  • Sunday, November 29: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (for items ordered by 12:00pm on 11/28)
  • Saturday, December 5: 11:00am to 1:00pm (for items ordered by 5:00pm on 12/4)
  • Sunday, December 6: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (for items ordered by 12:00pm on 12/5)
  • Saturday, December 12: 11:00am to 1:00pm (for items ordered by 5:00pm on 12/11)
  • Sunday, December 13: 12:00pm to 3:00pm (for all orders, including Silent Auction items)

When you arrive for pickup: Please have a piece of paper on your dashboard with the last name of the person who placed the order written on it. Make sure your trunk or rear door is unlocked. A volunteer will come to your car, check the name, retrieve your bag of purchases from the narthex, and place it directly in your trunk or back seat. 

Note: The pickup deadlines above do not mean you MUST pick up your order on the first available date. If you order on 11/27 but can’t pick up till 12/12, that’s fine! We’ll have your order packaged and ready for you. All orders must be picked up by 3:00pm on 12/13.

If you need local delivery (within 10 miles of Bedford), please contact the church at info@stpaulsbedford.org or 781-275-8262 to make arrangements.

 

What can you do to help?

If you are a guest, friend, or shopper:

Bookmark our website and shop from November 27 through December 12 at our wonderful Christmas market, featuring:

  • Handmade crafts
  • Gift bundles and bags for easy holiday giving (or a treat for yourself!)
  • Raffle of an L.L. Bean kayak set, complete with paddle and life jacket (Note: Raffle winner will be chosen at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 5, so buy your tickets early!)
  • Homemade marinara sauce and other shelf-stable goods
  • Silent auction of goods and services
  • Gifts to support our mission and outreach

If you are a parishioner:

  • Get crafty! Connect with our crafts group to make handmade items from the comfort of your home (see Betsey Anderson, Karen Kruger, Teri Simmons, or Lynne Wolf for details)
  • Help advertise the Fair to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and through social media (see Emily Mitchell for details)
  • Make a cash donation to offset costs of supplies, or purchase supplies for baskets
  • Preserve or can something for our reimagined Country Kitchen
  • Contribute an item to the Silent Auction! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a48aeaf2da57-silent4
  • Volunteer to help with contactless curbside pickup and/or local delivery for the dates above (contact John Mitchell)!

If you have any questions, or if you want to help, please contact Cathy McSwain or John Mitchell.