RIGHT FROM the very beginning, and the collection of monies to buy the plot of land St. Paul’s Church stands on, the Chaplaincy has had to rely on its own resources and resourcefulness to fund its functioning and the building’s maintenance. In the early years, these were covered by donations of the relatively affluent members of the large English-speaking community in Athens, as well as of the Greek subsidiaries of British firms doing business in Greece.
However, ever since the early 1950s, when a first generation of well-educated Greeks took over managerial positions in firms, until then held primarily by expatriate Anglophones, the Chaplaincy has had to come up with ideas of fundraising events that would draw in people other than those making up its congregation.
Over the years, a variety of balls, concerts, quiz evenings, garden parties and lectures contributed to the church building’s upkeep and the ministry’s needs – but of all these events, the most enduring are the annual Christmas Bazaar, first held in 1953, and the more recent Spring Bazaar and Strawberry Tea. In fact, independently of whether people are churchgoers or not, these three fundraisers have become ‘fixtures’ marking the calendar of the English-speaking community, as well as of numerous Greeks.
If you have yet to attend one or all of these events, we extend you a warm invitation to join us. And should you have an idea (or two… or more!) about organising a different, fun, quirky, adventurous, creative or other fundraising event to help us meet our financial needs, don’t hesitate to suggest it – we would love you to share it with us!
Furthermore, should you want to become a Stall Holder, a Helper or a Volunteer, or if you wish to donate items to be sold at any Anglican Church Athens Bazaar, please feel free to contact us here. †