• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main Street
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

Fair Trade, environmentally sustainable artisan items from around the world will be for sale throughout the morning at the Alternative Gift Market in the Activity Center on Sunday, December 6. An extension of the market will be outside the Youth Center that evening after Advent Lessons and Carols.

Merchandise from returning vendors will include household, apparel, holiday, and gift items from SERRV, a pioneer and leader in the fair trade movement; coffee, chocolates, and teas from the interfaith-sponsored Equal Exchange; hand-crafted jewelry from Africa sold by a local Girl Scout troop on behalf of the Light Up a Life Project.

The Fe y Esperanza congregation again will sell their handmade Christmas cards and gift tags and take orders for pork or beef Christmas tamales. Tamale pick-up will be Sunday, December 20, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the kitchen on the second floor of the Jones Building. 

New to the market will be art by students from Sharpstown High School who are connected to the Iconoclast project and art by Lanecia Rouse, who teaches at St. Paul’s After School Program. Her work includes photography, painting, and abstract mix media.

The market also will provide ways to support other ministries, such as the Iconoclast poetry project, Manna bags, SEARCH Homeless Services, and the Emergency Aid Coalition.