Merry Mission’s Market

formerly Alternative Christmas Market

Sunday, December 3rd from 9 am-12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall

With agencies and organizations having local and global reach participating at our Alternative Christmas Market, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Organizations and agencies that serve the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the ones struggling to keep up or stay in school, the poor, the orphaned and the hurting will be on hand and/or online to help us understand the ministries they offer and how we can help –– at Christmastime and throughout the year.

What kinds of gifts can you buy at Alternative Christmas?

You can get gift cards to give to your friends and family to let them know that you have made a donation in their honor this Christmas. A great way to do this is to find an organization or agency whose mission or service offering reminds you of the gift’s recipient. For example: honor a handyman by giving a gift in his honor to an organization that builds or repairs homes, honor a teacher by supporting an education-oriented initiative, or honor an international travel buff by supporting a group that serves people in faraway places Here are more ideas.

In addition, some organizations will have goods to sell (at the onsite Market), with the proceeds going to support their ministries.   You may find items brought back from countries visited by GUMC’s mission teams, items made by the people served by a particular organization, or other gift items that the organization is selling to raise funds.

NOTE:   GUMC children will be able to shop in their very own Children’s Alternative Christmas in December.  Watch for information from Natalie Adkinson and Callie Beaver.


Shopping at GUMC’s Churchwide Alternative Christmas Market couldn’t be easier or more in keeping with the season! 


If you are making a donation on behalf of someone, a gift card that you can complete and give to the honoree can be found here.  Just print the card, enter the name of the recipient, identify what the gift is (e.g., an outdoor space heater or a child’s uniform) or if it is a virtual gift, the Agency/Organization, and the giver’s name. Then give the gift card to the recipient to let them know you have honored them in a special way this year.