Church fair is a local holiday tradition

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Ellie (age 7) works on wrapping a gift that she made for her teacher, Ms. Patrick. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Ellie (age 7) works on wrapping a gift that she made for her teacher, Ms. Patrick. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The new children’s area at this year’s First Congregational Church of Coventry Holiday Fair, held Nov. 16, was obviously quite popular. At mid-morning, a downstairs classroom was filled with children happily decorating Christmas cookies or crafting ornaments to wrap for parents and teachers. Nearby, other children shopped for inexpensive gifts for the holidays.

Though the fair has been held for 26 years, the children’s activities were a new addition. “We have a lot of new, young families coming in,” said member Kim Chambers, who was helping to run the main portion of the fair in the upstairs rooms of the building. All items offered at the fair were provided by members, said Chambers. Offerings included a light lunch, Christmas and other holiday-themed décor, gift baskets, Yankee Candles, a teapot auction, jewelry and a huge variety of baked goods.

Proceeds for the event go toward the operating budget of the church. Pastor Sara Worcester, relatively new to the congregation, was offering hugs to help raise money to send church members’ children to summer camp at Silver Lake, located in the Berkshires in Litchfield county.

Downstairs, 5-year-old Elijah proudly showed off a wrapped gift that he’d put together for his teacher, Ms. Kratz. He moved in and whispered conspiratorially, “I’m making one for my mom, too,” he said. “Don’t tell her.”

The First Congregational Church of Coventry will hold a cantata service on Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. On Dec. 15, the church will hold a tree-lighting celebration at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 1171 Main St. For more information go to

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