Way back when many of you were in kindergarten the church’s first (and for a long time only) woman elder set up shop in the church hall with a modest selection of second-hand paperbacks in three banana boxes. Her aim was to sell them to raise a little income for church funds.
The rock-bottom prices having quickly attracted customers, she then “press-ganged” two of the congregation’s newest members into the management of what is now the venerable “Book & Giftware Stall” and a focal point in the Church Hall for browsing, chatting with friends and visitors while also finding a good bargain.
In addition to the regular generous donations of a wide choice of reading materials, the Stall also offers church souvenirs and kindred items: attractive practical mugs, multi-purpose tea towels, coasters, Bibles and church booklets, Celtic souvenirs, and greetings cards galore for all seasons and near-on all occasions
The mark-up on any bought-in items is kept to the minimum while still making a small profit because all our income goes towards the maintenance of the Church’s presence and work in and around Geneva.
However, we’re not merely a “business” venture. We’ve also become something of a venue to exchange news, seek information such as “where’s a good place to eat on Sundays?” or “how far is to Interlaken?” or even “how much does a postcard to Sydney cost?”
So whether you’re new in town or a long-time expat, don’t be shy, just come along to say “how do” – and perhaps even find something irresistible that you didn’t know you’d always wanted.
In any event, you’ll be warmly welcomed by Antonia. Claire, Joan, Lily, Mary, Suzanne and me (Ritchie)