Church announces 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov. 10

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Back by popular demand, Oak Grove Baptist Church will host its 3rd Arts & Crafts Fair on Nov. 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4: p.m. on the grounds of Oak Grove Baptist Church field (located at 17450 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville, La. 70769; the corner of Hwy 73 and Hwy 42, one block off of Hwy 61).

The Arts & Crafts Fair will showcase about 20 local artists and craftsmen displaying their original creations. Artisanal works will include pottery, paintings, photography, paper fine arts, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, and much more. The fair will also feature dinner plates and concessions.

"It's such a great event and opportunity to share and to showcase creative works," says Gloria Croft-Deroche, coordinator of the fair. "I hope the community will come out and support the fair and artists. You will definitely find unique and special gifts."

Admission to the fair is free and open to the public, as is parking. The funds raised from the fair support Oak Grove Baptist Church's Youth Ministry for summer camp and mission trips. "The fair will be a lot of fun," says Croft-Deroche happily. "And, you know, it's not too far away from Christmas!"

"We have been in this community for over 98 years and have had wonderful response from the residents," says John Carrigan, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church. "The Arts & Crafts Fair is just another way of giving something back to the community."

Oak Grove Baptist Church was founded in 1914 as a family church. Today, it continues to impact the community with a strong sense of family in worship, praise and service of God. Other outreaches of the church include Singing in the Grove, a Christmas concert; nursing home ministry; a food bank for the poor; and an annual women's retreat. Lead by pastor John Carrigan, Oak Grove provides Christian centered ministries for children, youth, college, adults and seniors. Bible studies are taught on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and evening at 5 p.m., and Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Women's Missionary Union is alive and well at Oak Grove, meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Arts & Crafts Fair or about Oak Grove Baptist Church, visit or via Facebook @OGBC Arts and Crafts Fair.