Wesley UMW Craft Fair – Oct 14

To help families in crisis throughout Illinois, the United Methodist Women of Wesley United Methodist Church hold a large, biannual craft fair. Last held in 2015, the fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist, 502 East Front Street, Bloomington, Illinois, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Wesley Hall (lower level). All proceeds go to United Methodist Women missions. Lunch will be available. Admission is free.

For the last two years volunteers from the church have been designing, creating, and diligently crafting items that can be purchased at the fair. The handmade creations are designed to be used in the home, as outside decorations, in work place offices and cubicles, and as gifts. There will be crafts for all seasons and holiday themes. Some of the featured items include: wooden pallet creations, yard art, clay pot designs, and unique golf ball art.


Lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds will also go to UMW missions.

The Craft Fair has become a tradition at Wesley, with the first fair being held in November of 1958. Our records show “harvest fair” was mentioned as far back as November of 1955. The Craft Fair grew from the 1950’s forward. The event has been, not only successful, but uplifting for all of the volunteers throughout the years and has raised needed funds for family missions.

“The Craft Fair is a lot of work for us. Coming up with ideas, buying materials, hauling things from home, to the church, and to storage, is work, but it’s a lot fun too. Our volunteers really have fun making new items. The sale has always provided funds for our important missions, and then, of course, we have fun meeting and spending time with each other.”

– Paula Witt, Chair, the Wesley UMW Creative Clique group.


Wesley Craft Fair – Snapshot

Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church – 502 E. Front Street, Bloomington, IL

Wesley Hall, lower level

Free admission. Lunch is available for purchase

All proceeds go to Wesley United Methodist Missions

Parking is available in all Wesley lots


United Methodist Women Missions that will benefit

Wesley United Methodist Women support many family mission agencies.  The three largest are:


Caring Methodist Deaconesses founded The Baby Fold in 1902 and it has provided children and families with help and services for 115 years.  The Baby Fold offers twelve different programs to thousands of people in 28 counties all over Central Illinois, not just McLean County. These include:

HEALTHY START – An intervention program to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

FOSTER FAMILIES – Recruiting, training and on-going support.

ADOPTION SUPPORT – Counseling and therapy.

HAMMIT SCHOOL – Special Education elementary through high school.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING – Junior and Senior high schoolers.

AUTISM PROGRAM – Personalized plans for individual communication.

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS – Cooperation with elementary schools.


Located in Urbana, Cunningham is a residential treatment center for children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence or other trauma.  Sixty children are currently in the residential treatment program.

In addition, services are available to needy children who live in local communities.  Circle Academy Therapeutic Day Schools in Urbana and Rossville offer special education to children referred by their local school districts. Winfred Gerber School tailors special education for residents K-12.


Located in East St. Louis, Lessie Bates serves eight counties and two townships in southern Illinois. It provides immediate and long term physical and spiritual help to youth and families in need.  Their mission is to provide individuals and families the necessary help to move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

The Wesley Craft Fair with be a great opportunity to shop, enjoy lunch, support worthy family agencies, learn more about the United Methodist Women organization, and to enjoy a great Saturday craft outing.  Join us for this special Craft Fair.

Contact Joanne Griffin for more information.

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