Support Local Small Businesses at Chermside Christmas Craft Markets

It’s that wonderful time of the year again in Chermside as talented local artists and crafters are setting up shop at the All Saints Anglican Church for the Chermside Christmas Craft Markets. 

The annual event will be held on Saturday, the 16th of Nov 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 501 Hamilton Road. It will take place inside a covered venue so you can shop to your heart’s content come rain or shine. 

Featured at the Chermside Christmas Craft Markets are 20 unique craft stalls, plants for sale, as well as a selection of baked goods and cakes. BBQ and afternoon tea will be served if you want to take a break from checking out the stalls. 

Photo Credit: All Saints Anglican Church

The All Saints Anglican Church’s Op Shop will also be open nearby for those who would like to score pre-loved and quality second-hand goods.

Off-street parking will be open for guests who will be bringing their vehicles to the market. 

There will be no entry fee for this event so tap your group for a brief but fun afternoon of shopping for Christmas gifts! 

All Saints’ Anglican Church in Chermside Opens Weekly Soup Kitchen

Did you know that the All Saints’ Anglican Church, located at 501 Hamilton Road in Chermside, now has a soup kitchen and may soon have other facilities to help the homeless? The new feeding program takes place once a week to supplement their hamper donation drive and other programs that the church members deliver to the community.

Organized by Fr Daniel Jayaraj, the soup kitchen is open every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It’s held at the church halls and welcomes the homeless, the needy and the lonely to partake in a meal of vegetables, meat, coffee and cake. 

Since the soup kitchen started over a month ago, the volunteers said that they saw people coming back. 

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“They feel comfortable, welcome and accepted,” Margaret Coombs said. “[The soup kitchen] reaches out to those in the community who need care, who need a meal, a time for fellowship with other people in the community.”

Fr Daniel, who arrived from Gladstone to Chermside sometime before Christmas in 2018, saw the need to open the soup kitchen when he realized that there are people sleeping outside the church. He also learned that the Chermside community has plenty of old people who dine alone in their homes. 

“We want to fight against hunger and loneliness. The congregation is really excited about it and willing to help,” Fr Daniel said. 

The soup kitchen complements the church’s grocery hamper donations to struggling families. This has been the practice since 30 years ago.

The church also plans to set up a charity shop, as well as a laundry and shower facility. Once installed, the needy may get coffee or second-hand clothes at the shop for $5, or take a shower and wash their clothes.