Our traditional Russian Bazaar took place on the eve of the Nativity fast on Sunday 5th December, which is according to the Orthodox tradition, the last day before the beginning of the start of the Nativity fast when the faithful stop working, and ate plentifully and make merry sensibly in anticipation of the start of the fast on Monday.
On the Saturday before, from our church kitchen there spread delightful and appetising aromas. The sisters and their helpers spent many hours cooking and our parishioners and friends at the bakery who have suppord us for many years, donated many kinds of cakes etc. The result of their work was a real Russian feast, full of pancakes with various fillings, salads, cakes and sweets and everything else that we like to present to our guests on the feasts. By Sunday midday, everything had been prepared and made ready, so after the liturgy, and after a blessing, the fair began. During the fair our guests happily socialised and shopped generously. Traditional craft style decorations, folk costumes and Russian folk songs contributed to the atmosphere of a real fair jamboree. After the entertainment, amusing and useful prizes of a lottery brought the children much pleasure.
It was particularly pleasant to note that this year the Sisterhood had many new helpers. Many of them were parents who came with their children, who having their children in an ad hoc kindergarten, had an opportunity to work to the glory of God. Many thanks to the Saturday school teachers who partook in this effort! Older children worked with the adults, and for them it was a real adventure. How many of us as a child didn’t play at running a shop? Remember how interesting and joyful it was to buy and sell. The most important thing was that our smaller and younger helpers participated in everything, and in return received an experience of joining in an important event, together with adults! We teach our children that even when they are not in a class were taught by our example and way of life. I hope that our fair will stay in the memory of our children as an example of volunteering for the common good and entertainment afterwards. This year, the fair has contributed a magnificent GBP £1,746 to the sisterhood for Church funds.
We sincerely thank all of those who donated goods, books etc for the sale and to all who spent their time and efforts for the sake of the church!
Thank you, our dear guests and hope that you enjoyed the experience of the fair and the shopping!
May God bless you for your generosity!