Tanilba Baptist Church fete just weeks away Port Stephens Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - August 31, 2022 The ‘Garden of Eden’ which provides fresh, in-season vegetables for the church kitchen. THE annual fete on the grounds of Tanilba’s Baptist Church will this year change format. Tanilba Reverend Anthony Gentle said setting up the fete was time consuming and laborious and this year it will be transformed into “one big car-boot sale”. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – email@example.com “The church itself will only run a sausage sizzle, a cake stall and provide drinks,” he said. For some 20 years, proceeds from the fete have been forwarded to India where they benefit people experiencing poverty in New Delhi. Apart from the upcoming car boot sale, the church is back on track with its Thursday lunches at 12.30pm for anybody who would like fresh, home-cooked meals. Online Sunday services are still provided, but most parishioners have returned to the church itself as social distancing rules have lapsed. The sit-down meals were altered to a drive-in service during the Covid lockdown. Those without transport could have a two-course meal home delivered. The church’s own ‘Garden of Eden’ provides fresh vegetables picked on the day to enhance the flavour and nutrition of the meals, said Rev Gentle. “A $2 donation will defray the costs but is not mandatory – nobody will be turned away,” he said. Those wishing to book a $10 spot for the car-boot sale should phone 0422 026 556. The fete is set down for Saturday 17 September between the hours of 8.30am and 1.30pm. Tanilba Baptist Church is in Beatty Bvd and the access track is prominently signposted. By Geoff WALKER Local residents at their Thursday sit-down dinner. Anthony Gentle says proceeds from the fete will help the poor in India.