St. James Parish Shop
Did you know that the Parish Gift Shop is celebrating its 18th year serving St. James Parish and the Wilmington community?
Did you know that the Parish Gift Shop has given over $30,000.00 in those 18 years to outreach in our community! THAT IS PRETTY AMAZING especially considering we are only open 1.5 hours on Sunday mornings from September through May. How could we have accomplished this? We are proud to say that this is singularly achieved through the patronage of our shop. We realize that for such a small space we have created a huge impact for our community. We could not have achieved this milestone without the support of the parish, our supporters and our volunteers. We want to REMIND the parish of our mission.
As we look forward to the time when we will gather in fellowship, Bible study and worship together, The Parish Shop is stepping out in faith – just like we did 18 years ago and RENEWING our commitment to St. James and our outreach partners. The Parish Shop’s mission over these years has been to support Women, Children, and Family outreach projects and we shall continue that pledge.
We are very excited about some changes that we are planning. Firstly we would like to make the space function more efficiently so that our visitors will have a better shopping experience. We will be carrying some new products, some North Carolina-based products, and of course some of your favorites that you have come to depend on finding at the shop.
We want to REFRESH our space, get a fresh coat of paint, spruce up a little bit, and make the space function better for the volunteers with better storage.
We want to add a space where we will sell soups, casseroles, your favorite ham biscuits, and other delicious treats with a small freezer in the shop. We hope to create a group of volunteers that will help with this ministry. Looking down that road, we are hopeful that we can increase our volunteer base to be open one or two days during the week for a couple of hours.
We are very interested in asking for feedback as to what you might like to see in the Parish Shop. As always we shall try our best to serve our community. We welcome volunteers who would like to share in this ministry or perhaps you have a talent that we would love to highlight. We feel so blessed to have a parish so gifted, talented, creative, and giving!
The Parish Shop has some exciting plans looking forward and we are very much in need of the parish to help create our vision for the future. We would like to ask the parish to help us with continuing our outreach mission and ask our parishioners for $8,000.00 seed money to help us start our very ambitious plans. We are planting this seed so that we may continue to GROW our outreach mission for the next 18 years.
On behalf of all who have made this happen, volunteers, contributors of talent, parish support, and especially those who we have touched through our outreach efforts THANK YOU for helping us plant this seed for the future.
Please make a notation on your check or online donation: PARISH SHOP