Pat Burns • 860.563.8069
About the Shop
The Outreach Gift Shop sells unique and beautiful handcrafts from third-world countries, with a continually changing inventory. Our focus is to help gifted artisans develop and market their products—your purchases change lives! The shop is a non-profit, mission-oriented project, staffed by volunteers.
We are the first door on the left as you enter the Marsh Building from the Connector, open Sunday mornings after each worship service.
Extended Hours During Advent
the shop is open on Wednesday evenings during the Advent season, before and after the two Christmas Concerts on December 9, and, upon request, during any special event being held in Advent.
Come! Discover New Things!The Outreach Gift Shop, founded 30 years ago by Meg Barstow and Ruth Truex, has partnered with nonprofit, fair trade organizations like SERRV International and Ten Thousand Villages to reduce poverty through connections with low-income artisans and farmers around the world, helping artisans in third-world countries develop and market their products. Also, for all ages, there is a lot to learn here about other cultures!
Your purchases provide opportunity, training, support and a fair income to artisans and farmers—including some new projects:
We continue to sell note cards with photos of children and families taken on our mission trips to the Dominican Republic, to benefit the Feed-A-Family food program. Team members have hand-delivered parcels of food that feed households for up to a month.
We are also selling lovely necklaces hand-made by women from the D. R. batays with the proceeds going directly to the individuals who make them.
And most recently we are selling boxed greeting cards to help support Heydy, the Compassion International child sponsored by our Church School children.