The Blessings Boutique is meant to be a blessing for all. It provides kitchen and housewares, clothing, bedding, and toiletries at no cost. Every item at the Blessings Boutique is free to anyone, regardless of their need, but any cash donations made by those who choose to do so will be graciously accepted.
If you are in need of any of the items listed above please contact the office or visit the Boutique at 218 Church Street, in the hall, during its opening hours, Sundays after church and on Thursdays 10am-2pm.
To support this outreach program, please bring your donations of CLEAN, GOOD CONDITION items to the Church House (office hours preferred). We will accept almost anything USEFUL that is in good condition - please nothing purely decorative, broken or outmoded. These items are to bless others, so we want to GIVE GOOD like our FATHER GOD does!
Our aim with your donations is for zero waste. The Boutique aims to contribute to the environmental
challenge by providing a means to recycle perfectly good items which are no longer needed by their original owners. If you donate items that are outside the remit of the Blessings Boutique, or we feel may be better used elsewhere, we may redirect your donation to be used in another way. This might mean donations will be used as lots in our annual silent auction, they may be sold to help fund the costs of our outreach programs and ministries, or they may be donated to Thrift Stores.
Items will only be thrown away if broken, damaged, stained, outmoded or otherwise unusable.
If you prefer your donations not to be used in these ways, please let us know when you bring them into the office. We will then return to you any items the Blessings Boutique cannot use.
Blessings Boutique - a volunteer’s guide
The Blessings Boutique reflects Isaiah 55:1 – “Come buy ... without money and without cost.”
The Boutique is like a Thrift Store where everything is free, including the welcome, information and care.
And just like a Thrift store the BB is open to all, because St Peter’s longs to bless everyone in our community generously, as the Lord blesses us generously.
Two volunteers must be on duty at all times. You can volunteer for one or more Thursdays of the month. There are two shifts during the day, 10-12 and 12-2. You can sign up for both shifts. If you wish to volunteer, please sign up via the office or on the sign-up sheet provided at the set-up day.
Below is a summary of the role of the BB volunteers written by Joy Braathen.
A place for people to be Welcomed and feel Welcomed, important and respected.
When there is a quiet moment please face the clothes and displays, dust and clean.
Get to know our visitors. Greet, chat with them.
Let the visitors know of anything that they may be interested in that is happening in the church and community.
This is not a conversion time, but a time to care.
Have fun and Thank you for volunteering and be as blessed as those we are here for.
- To be on duty at the store on Sundays (c10.30-11am whilst there is only one Sunday service).
- To be on duty at the store on Thursdays 10-2.
- To donate unwanted clothing, accessories, toiletries, household items, tools and equipment. (Must be small enough to be carried away - no furniture, no books, no outmoded technology).
- To donate clothes rails and display shelves / stands.