The Bazaar is a decades old tradition for the church.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, located at the corner of Trenton Avenue and East Cumberland Street, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar is a decades-old tradition for the church.
“It’s the biggest fundraiser for St. Michael’s,” said the event’s lead organizer and volunteer Pat Walden.
The event will feature raffles, baked goods, a Santa’s Workshop experience and a tombola table among other activities, including Santa Claus himself.
Homemade food will be available in the church’s Parish Hall, including soup, dessert and other lunch specials.
Walden is particularly excited about the event because she wants to keep churches in the area open.
The church asks those who come out to donate a canned good to support St. Michael’s Food Pantry. St. Michael’s food pantry has been donating food to residents in the 19125 and 19134 Zip Codes who are in need. Many of them or homeless, veterans or people who have been laid off.
“So many of our churches are closing within this neighborhood,” she said. “We need to let the community know that we’re there.”
Walden said as people have retired and moved away, the church has had fewer members than in previous years. She’s looking to build its membership base back up. She especially would like to get young people involved, she said, many of whom are flocking to areas like Kensington and Fishtown.
“I always let the community know that St. Michael’s Church is open and it’s running,” she said.
For more information, contact Walden at 215–425–6190 or St. Michael’s Church at 215–423–0792.