The Advent Fair
by John-Peter Gernaat
The first full Advent Fair in three years took place on Saturday 3 December. This Advent fair was taken on by a new team of organisers and nine of the people who helped on a stall or activity were doing it for the first time. The entrance at the gate formed a threshold where people entering onto our property were greeted and given an orientation into the Fair. It was done in a way that reflects our aims of building community through the humanity that lives in us.
The stalls in the Community Room and the Second-Hand Books in the church were well patronised. The White elephant Stall was well curated and the better-quality donations we had received were displayed in the Community Room.
The activities for children provided something that awoke a quality in the children that we hope will plant a seed that there is another way to be in the world. This planting of a seed may be enough to ensure that we continue to provide this quality of experience for children for years to come.
The bacon and egg rolls, sold near the entrance, proved very popular. Although we were without electricity for the first two hours, we were able to provide coffee and tea throughout. The lunch, in particular the homemade salads, were well received.
Everyone who assisted in any way with the Advent Fair and who attended the Advent Fair is thanked. It was another day of Community Building where we showed who we are and what makes us stand out in the world. The result of the wonderful activity brought about an abundance in excess of R41 000. More importantly, the effects of the day contribute to the building of community.
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