Wesley United Methodist Church held their annual summer mass on Saturday, July 7th, complete with long-running favorites like raffles, baked goods, and of course Denise Fisher’s famous clam chowder.
In fact, the chowder is so good that some people come specifically to enjoy a cup or bowl.
“Everyone loves their chowder,” said volunteer Barbara McAllister.
Visitors to the fair browsed through stalls with flea markets, art, jewelry and handicrafts or strolled through the church’s thrift shop before enjoying a warm lunch in the hall.
“We are glad to be here today,” said Pastor Ginny Doran. “You never know exactly what to expect.”
Doran said the church is planning a variety of events this fall, including an art exhibition, lasagna dinner, and a fashion show featuring items from the thrift store.
“We’re trying to do different things and connect with the community in different ways,” Doran said.
In addition, there are regular events in the church: On Tuesdays, knitters and crocheters gather to work on donations such as hats, scarves and baby blankets. All items are provided and members are happy to teach anyone to knit or crochet.
The Church participates in Mobile Ministries in New Bedford every Friday evening to distribute food to those in need.
The Church hosts a free communal breakfast every third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The menu includes breakfast rolls with sausage or bacon, home fries, coffee and juice. All are welcome. All donations go to charity.
The second-hand shop is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with clothing, jewelry and accessories.
The church is located at Hauptstrasse 462. For more information, call 508-273-7754.