WATERTOWN, NY – This weekend, a Watertown church is once again hosting a Christmas shopping marketplace unlike what most people are used to because it will be missing one thing – a cash register. New Life Christian Church, 255 Gaffney Dr. has turned their lobby and sanctuary into a marketplace void of price tags, where all items are up for grabs, for free.
“The last three years have been incredible successes as hundreds of people from the community filled our lobby and were blessed with free items they could use as Christmas gifts. We are really looking forward to blessing people again this year,” says Senior Pastor Kirk Gilchrist.
The event will be held on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at New Life Watertown Campus. Free items include children’s books and toys, furniture, clothes, home decor items, and even electronics. All items have been donated by New Life’s members.
“We ask our members to bring items of value. The key is something that hurts or is difficult to give away, so there’s no junk. It’s all stuff that we ourselves would be thrilled to receive on Christmas,” says Associate Pastor Christopher Hopper.
This Christmas Marketplace is part of a two-day Christmas Celebration. New Life has also partnered with The Children’s Home of Watertown to give monetary gifts so that foster parents are able to buy gifts for their foster kids with the help of their case workers.
As part of the final day of giving, New Life is providing its congregants with gifts to be given away to people in the community after each of their five services on Sunday, December 10th (Watertown Campus 8:30 am, 9:45 am, and 11:15 am; Depauville Campus 9:45 am; Carthage Campus 9:45 am). Sunday Evening, the Watertown Campus will host its annual Christmas Celebration event at 6:00 pm. The concert will feature live music, entertainers, and more. Admission to the concert is free and is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Phone: (315) 788-0825