NAN CROZIER and Bev Carroll from St Andrew's Anglican Church were busy getting ready for their church's Christmas stall yesterday, which is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
For 15 years volunteers from the St Andrew's congregation such as Mrs Crozier and Mrs Carroll have prepared Christmas cakes, baked goods and made other hand-made gifts to raise money to fund the initiatives the church does within the community.
For their 16th year, Mrs Carroll said the ladies were hoping to cook more cakes and pickles than ever before, ready for Northern Rivers tables on Christmas Day.
"We do this every year because we enjoy doing it, but last year one of the members of our congregation cooked 90 cakes, so we've got big shoes to fill," Mrs Carroll said.
Reverend Alan Shaw said the stall was an opportunity for those looking for handmade Christmas gifts, plants or cakes to get something that is tailor made.
"We've got vintage linen, crochet, cakes, biscuits and lots of other stocking fillers," Rev Shaw said.
He said the stall was not only an opportunity for Christmas shoppers to get the perfect gift but showed the church was active and approachable in the community.
"Each year we rent a shop in town where we sell our gifts but we also like to let the community know we're here and about the things we do," Rev Shaw said.
"What we sell simply doesn't compare to bought factory-made cakes as the ladies who cook have a special recipe."
One such special ingredient in the cakes is "a tiny bit of sherry".
And when asked whether the art of cooking Christmas cakes was on the downturn, the ladies were quick to said, "No".
"Of course not, people still love to cook," Mrs Crozier said.
at a glance
The St Andrew's Anglican Church pop-up Christmas shop will be in Magellan St, Lismore opposite the pie cart.
It will be open November 18-29 and will have a Santa's mail box in the store for local children to get their letters to the North Pole.
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