Bazaar raising funds for crisis ministry
Every year, they line up to wait. Patiently, groups crowd the door at Monroe’s First Baptist Church, ready to pick up some food. It’s been the same for more than 20 years, as the church holds its annual bazaar, designed to help Crisis Assistance Ministry.
“It’s a mission project everyone can participate in,” church member Frances Knight said. “Crisis Assistance Ministry needs the help. With the way things are, more and more people are applying.”
Mary Forbes helped get the project started. The former director of the Union County Crisis Assistance program, Fornes was also a member of First Baptist, until her death a few years ago from cancer.
“We continued in her honor,” Knight said. “Now the community’s got into it. We have people who will stand at the door, just waiting to buy.”
It’s not just women who do the cooking either. Any church member who wants to cook can take part, through a series of workshops held over the last few months.
“It’s men and women, not just one group,” Knight said. “We pretty much use whoever is available when they do the workshops.”
Last week, the group made sweet potato pies, through a tried and tested process. The group forms an assembly line, adding ingredients until the project’s finished and then it goes in the freezer. Everything from cookies to cakes, candy, soup, cheese and flowers will be on sale, along with other arts and crafts.
Last year the church, 109 Morrow Ave, Monroe, raised an estimated $4,365, which went to help 84 families in Union County.
The event runs from 8 a.m to noon, Saturday at First Baptist.