BREVARD COUNTY — Shopping for the holiday season just got a little easier – Suntree United Methodist Church (SUMC) is bringing back its annual “Giant Christmas Bazaar” this weekend.
The gift-shopping event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7400 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.
Whether guests are looking for gifts for those hard to shop for family members or want to buy items that aren’t generic, the Giant Christmas Bazaar is the perfect opportunity to surprise family and friends with something truly special.
Additionally, proceeds from the bazaar will go toward supporting those in need within the county, as well as communities that have faced natural disasters across the nation.
“The Christmas Bazaar has been chosen by ministries over the years to help support the needs of our church and community,” said Reverend Augie Allen. “This event has become a great way to engage the community and raise funds for great ministries that reach into the needs of our neighborhood and world.”
Patrons of this year’s Christmas Bazaar will find gifts from handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, silk flower arrangements, a children’s boutique, clothing, quilts and much more. There will be items up for a silent auction, a bake sale, and a photo opportunity with “Santa Claus.”
Items found at the bazaar will come from local vendors and artists, who will showcase their work on display for sale.
“As the Pastor of Outreach here at SUMC, my job is to partner and grow our impact in the community, our country and the world,” Rev. Allen said. “Specifically, it will be split into three ministries of our church.”
A portion of the funds will stay in the community to help grow the collection SUMC uses to support individuals and families through gas cards, bus passes and expand into support for utility bills and emergency housing, according to Rev. Allen.
She added that another portion of the funds will go toward supporting SUMC’s domestic mission trips that go into storm-ravaged areas, where volunteers help to begin the cleanup and restoration of communities around the country.
“And finally,” Rev. Allen said, “we have a new partnership with Zoe Empowers that is working with a group of nearly 100 orphans in Rwanda.
“We are so excited to see the Christmas Bazaar help launch this new ministry partner,” she continued. “None of the funds raised during the 2019 Christmas Bazaar will be used for the facilities or staff of the event.”
Suntree United Methodist Church aims to serve the needs of homeless families, foster children, schools, mental health and many other local nonprofit organizations.
For more information, call (321) 242-2585.