GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church is a mission of the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Shop donates all of its sales proceeds toward grants to worthy nonprofit initiatives focused on the needs of women and children in the local community and abroad. GoodNews' main objective is to maximize profits in order to fund these initiatives. In its 40-year-old history, it has donated over $1,000,000 to outreach programs. The Shop also serves as a ministry devoted to building community and fellowship and providing resources for programs at Christ Church.
Nestled inside Christ Church, GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church is adorned with ideal gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special events including Baptisms, Confirmation and graduations. We offer free gift wrapping, so this really is the place for your one-stop shopping!
Along with our recent renovation, we are making a concerted effort to showcase items made in North Carolina. We have wooden bowls made in Rutherfordton, cards made in Charlotte, honey produced in Charlotte, peanuts grown in Roxobel, olive oil from Asheville, and pottery from Charlotte and Pinehurst. Look for the “Made in North Carolina” signs when you visit the shop.
We proudly feature books, cards, candles, lotions, jewelry, handbags, decorative pillows, baby and children gifts, tabletop accessories, men's accessories, crosses, paper products, linens, food items and kitchen accessories. Please remember us first when you shop for that next gift.
GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church
Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary!
In 1974, our Vestry granted a $1,500 loan to our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for a gift shop that would raise funds for community services. Led by Martha Alexander, the ECW was convinced this little shop would be an asset to the church's mission.
They were right. The GoodNews Shop opened in November 1974 and thrived beyond anyone's expectations.
For 40 years we've been a popular destination with local shoppers seeking gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, baptisms, confirmation, and graduations.
To stay in step with current trends we now showcase items made in North Carolina, such as wooden bowls made in Rutherfordton, cards made in Charlotte, honey produced in Charlotte, peanuts grown in Roxobel, olive oil from Asheville, and pottery from Charlotte and Pinehurst.
More importantly, the combined proceeds from sales have contributed nearly one million dollars to nonprofit initiatives focused on the needs of women and children in the local community and abroad.
That level of giving would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers and managers who have served this unique ministry, along with our neighbors, friends, and church members who make us their first stop when buying a gift.
In early November, we're celebrating our 40th anniversary with three special events. See below for details.
If you haven't already, come take a tour of our new space (thanks to Leap of Faith renovations) and the adjacent meeting area. Do a little shopping and rest assured that a portion of every dollar you spend will help women and children.
Help us help others for another forty years!
GoodNews Shop Anniversary Events SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (ALL SAINTS DAY) Cake and punch in the GoodNews Café. Celebrate all the "saints" who have contributed to the ministry of the GoodNews Shop. The Shop will be open until 1:00 PM. Spin the Wheel of Good Fortune for prizes.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Coffee, dips, and snacks 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the Café. Try the new foods available in the Shop, and enjoy special coffee which supports mission work in Honduras. More prizes will be given away. Heads of the agencies supported by the GoodNews Shop will be invited, along with our special volunteers and parishioners.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (ELECTION DAY) Wine and cheese, 5:00 - 7:00 PM Find out the winner of the GoodNews raffle.
Volunteer in the GoodNews Shop!
Are you looking for an easy way to get involved at Christ Church? Look no further...Come to the GoodNews Shop and sign up for a once a month two hour shift. It's a fun way to be involved, meet new friends and have a little time for retail therapy. Please come and join our fun team. You can contact Peggy or Lynne at email@example.com.
Follow GOODNEWS GOODNEWS is taking advantage of social media websites Facebook and Twitter to try and promote our store and our story. Facebook and Twitter are free sites that enable us to reach a wide variety of people with a click of a button. If you use these sites, please "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter and encourage your friends to do the same. Last year GOODNEWS, along with the ECW Bazaar, donated $72,235 to charities that work with women and children. This year our goal is $80,000. By shopping in the store and spreading the word to your friends we can accomplish this goal together!!
Christ Church Gallery The idea for All Saints' Gallery began in the early 1990's when Jo Rankin saw an art exhibit at Coventry Cathedral in England. At a later date, she presented the idea to Henry Parsley who said without hesitation "let's start the gallery!" Over the years, the gallery has grown and improved (Jo still remembers struggling to hang the art on chains attached to the cinder block walls). Today, with Margaret Salisbury and Murray Parker at the helm, a new group of local artists arrive each month with their work. The medium used is varied and can range from pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil to even collage. The paintings are sold through GOODNEWS with 30% of the sale price going to Mission Funding. Last year the gallery and the GOODNEWS "Artist of the Month" program contributed almost $9,000 to Mission Funding. The next time you are considering a painting, remember that any purchase will be a benefit to you and also to GOODNEWS.
The October Artist of the Month is Helen Patterson. Helen, the aunt of Kate Buckfelder, discovered the art of card-making ten years ago, and it has become her passion. She not only uses it to reach out to those who are sick; she also teaches card making classes at local retirement homes. Her beautiful hand-made cards are appropriate for all occasions. These cards are made in North Carolina.
GOODNEWS TO GO
Each Tuesday and Wednesday volunteers meet in the church kitchen to assemble casseroles, soups and desserts to sell in GOODNEWS. Every recipe has been created and tested by church members with several of them based on recipes from our Christ Church Cookbook. Met with overwhelming success, the GOODNEWS Freezer has become our top selling category several months in a row. The freezer will be stocked through May of this year and then it will be empty for the summer. Starting in September, we would love to continue cooking and stocking the freezer...we just need some more volunteers! This commitment can be as little as once a month for two hours or as much time as you have to give. If you like to prep, cook or assemble we have a place for you that offers a wonderful opportunity for fellowship! Interested in helping? Contact Jane Coulter firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Mission Funding Recipients
A Child's Place $5,000.00 ANSWER Scholarship Endowment $1,500.00 Augustine Project for Literacy $3,000.00 Baby Bundles $2,552.00 Bethlehem Center of Charlotte $1,200.00 The Brookstone School $1,000.00 Care Ring $2,500.00 Charlotte Family Housing $2,000.00 Charlotte Rescue Mission-Dove's Nest $2,500.00 Communities in Schools $1,500.00 Elida Children's Home $2,500.00 Fistula Foundation $2,000.00 Freedom School Partners $2,000.00 Hope for His Children $3,300.00 Hope Haven $3,500.00 Jubilee House Community, Inc./CDCA $2,500.00 Kinder-Mourn, Inc. $3,000.00 Lex Matthews Scholarship $1,000.00 Pat's Place $3,000.00 Salvation Army Center of Hope $5,000.00 Shelter Health Services $1,000.00 Center for Community Transitions $3,500.00 The Learning Collaborative $3,000.00 The Relatives $5,000.00 Thompson Child and Family Focus $4,400.00 Safe Alliance $5,000.00 All We Need is Love $1,000.00 Bright Blessings $3,238.00 Classroom Central $2,000.00