Church’s annual sale on Saturday

Happy to Serve . . . St Andrew’s Prebysterian Church annual sale organiser Joy Carter, reverend Robert Robati-Mani and session clerk Joy Creighton look forward to holding the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church annual sale on Saturday. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

The St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church annual sale will be the first open community event the church has been able to hold under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The Rev Robert Robati-Mani said the church had been supposed to hold its 140th anniversary last weekend.

However, due to individuals needing to travel from other locations, under Level 2 restrictions the event had to be postponed.

“The sale is the first event we will be able to hold as we enter into our 140th year.”

It was Mr Robati-Mani’s first involvement with the sale.

“I’m quite excited, because it expresses the heart of the community and shows how people are prepared to share their talents and gifts.”

The event will run from 10am to noon on Saturday.

Organiser Joy Carter said people brought in a variety of items for the sale, including books, plants, trinkets, scarves and children’s toys.

“There is a lot of treasures and boxes filled with them.

“On the day people will also bring in jams and baking,” she said.

Level 2 restrictions meant there would be no food, tea or coffee served.

She advised patrons to bring a mask, cash and their own material bags.

Session clerk Joy Creighton said the funds raised would go towards the church.

About 40 people would volunteer their time to help set up and serve at the event, she said.

She was grateful to the community for the support they received over the years.

“We hope it will continue to carry on.”