Festival of Sharing

Saturday, Dec 2, 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Our family friendly Festival of Sharing is unlike any other Christmas fair.  Together, we support people all over the world as we celebrate and live out the true meaning of Christmas.  All proceeds go to charity!

At the Festival you’ll find:

  • Hand-made gifts and fair trade chocolate
  • Non-profit organizations that deal with issues of housing, abuse, immigration, prisoner advocacy, and much more
  • Photo studio offering individual or family portraits
  • Delectable cookies at the Cookie Walk
  • Delicious lunch or snack benefiting anti-hunger advocacy

and much, much more!

You can also share in a Christmas activity with your whole family.

  • Create Christmas crafts, including props for the Christmas story, Christmas cards, and decorative holiday centerpieces.
  • At 10:45, 12:00, and 1:15, watch or participate in an interactive telling of the Christmas Story.
  • Listen to beautiful live Christmas music.

Not sure what to get Uncle Fred for Christmas?  How about a donation of a water buffalo in his name to Heifer International for a family in Nepal?  Or bring him to the Festival of Sharing and perhaps he’d like to play a role in Crooked Halos and Wiggly Sheep, our Christmas Story for the young and the young at heart.

All are welcome to join “Crooked Halos and Wiggly Sheep” and help Pastor Steve tell the Christmas story.  Signing-up is not required, but we encourage you to do so.  That way we’ll know you’re coming and your friends can make sure they come at the time you’ll be there.You can sign up here.Sheep

Do Good this Christmas!                                                            

Here is the list of charitable organizations that will be represented at the Festival of Sharing this year.  Just click on the organization’s name for more information.

Acción Medica Cristiana
~ Work organization of Belinda Forbes, UMC Dental Missionary in Nicaragua
A Friend in Need
~ Helps local families with critical short-term needs
ALS ONE
~ Treatment or cure for ALS by 2020 and improved care now
Boston Share Network
~ Responds to the immediate needs of the homeless and poor in Boston
Bread for the World
~ Advocates on behalf of poor & hungry people in US & worldwide       
Concord Prison Outreach
~ Offers compassion, education, and opportunity to those behind bars
Habitat for Humanity
~ Helps build homes for those in need across the world
Hagar’s Sisters
~ Helps women experiencing domestic abuse         
Heifer International
~ Works to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock and training
Household Goods 
~ Provides furniture and household items to people in need   
Red Bird Mission
~ Full-service Methodist mission and K-12 school in Kentucky  
SERRV
~ Relieves poverty by supporting skilled artisans worldwide                        
Slum Child Foundation
~ Supports children in the Korogocho Slum, Nairobi, Kenya      
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) US Disaster Response
~ 100% of donations support direct disaster recovery               

For more information contact the church office at office@saint-matthews.org or 978-263-2822

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Production of “Crooked Halos and Wiggly Sheep”

Date: December 2, 2017

Please let us know if you are thinking of participating in our short Christmas production of  “Crooked Halos and Wiggly Sheep”.  Please sign-up each participant’s for the time slot you think you will be attending.

Please rest assured that you are welcome to come even if you didn’t sign up in advance, or even if you can’t make the time you had originally planned on attending.

Thank you.

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