The Covid-19 virus has radically changed how houses of worship conduct services.
Now, another church tradition is also adapting — the fall holiday bazaar.
“Just as we use Facebook Live for services and Zoom to create a virtual musical choir, “ said Father David Michaud of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, “we’re also turning to the Internet to offer an e-version of the bazaar.
“But this year it’s going to be more like Home Shopping Network meets the Jerry Lewis Telethon,” he added.
Besides food sales and gift auctions, an imaginative bazaar component in 2020 is a live online broadcast offering church background and history, updates on auction items and even entertainment.“Our services and Zoom meetings have been popular because of their safety and ease of use.Now, we’re using technology to reach the community in another new way,” said Dr. Sharon Clark, who with church music director Daniel Cherrix, is a “talent telethon” organizer. “And we want it to be fun.”
The action starts Sunday, when the bazaar web page goes live on the St. Peter’s website (stpeterschurch.net) and Facebook page. Popular baked goods and food items may be ordered, through Friday, Nov. 13, pre-paid via credit card.
Bidding also starts on gift baskets and other items in a silent auction that continues through Saturday morning, Nov. 21.
Pickup for baked goods is outside in the parking lot of the church (115 St. Peter’s Street Downtown) from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21.
When online auction bidding ends that Saturday morning, gift pickups follow from noon to 3 p.m.
Concluding just a few days before Thanksgiving, “the bazaar offers tasty favorites for the holidays including apple, sweet potato and pumpkin pies, sweet potato biscuits and wet cornbread,” said Hope Morgan, baked goods coordinator.
“Luncheon treats (hits from previous years) are special chef’s recipes of chicken salad and chili,” added Linda Hurley, kitchen/food coordinator.
A variety of baskets and other items for seasonal gifting (or for making pandemic time at home more enjoyable) come in a range of prices and tastes, said Lynne Peverley, gift coordinator.
“St. Peter’s baskets are known all over Delmarva for their appeal and value, and the online auction will conveniently save on store visits and crowded shopping,” she said.
Basket themes have some unique names and contents, including Country Christmas, Escape to Italy (with Fratelli’s gift card), Beers of the Eastern Shore, Happy Hour, Kids Kovid Knits (handmade items for winter warmth), Gardening Galore, COVID Coffee time, Pet Treats, Whale of a Tale baby basket, Family Fun Night, Strawberry Fields and more. Other auction items range from Instacart gift certificates to 1/2 cord of aged wood — delivered and stacked.
Heather Mahler, who is constructing the website with the popular Bidding Owl charity software, said the program is user-friendly, and will have colorful pictures and other helpful gift details.
For more information about the bazaar, visit stpeterschurch.net or call 410-742-5118.