Saturday, November 11, 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Address: Redeemer Church, 5501 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL US 61111

What is the Redeemer Christmas Market?

Redeemer Church Christmas Market is an annual event made possible through First Love*. Every November Redeemer Christmas Market partners with a collective of Gospel-centered organizations from around the globe who provide products based on fair-trade practices. We strive to economically empower their artisans through craft training and financial stability while sharing with them the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel. Each organization has a different vision and focus: some are working to provide relief for orphaned children in Africa, some to work to end the poverty cycle in Haiti, and more.  


Common Questions:

  • What do you do with the money? Redeemer Church doesn't keep any of the money from items purchased from our organizations. Almost all of the money is sent back to the organizations that provided the product. If there is "profit," such as from the food items, we will donate to Compassion International. The equipment for the event will come out of the church's budget. This enables every dollar spent at the Christmas Market to go to the organizations providing product.
  • Can I bring my kids? Absolutely! We love seeing kids learning about these organizations, and we even have a Kids Zone with some fun activities to keep them engaged and make this an event they won't forget!
  • Will there be food provided? There will be popcorn, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and cider available for purchase.
  • How can I pay? Credit/Debit/Cash will all be accepted. 

In 2022 $33,000 was sent to the organizations represented!

For questions, please contact Jamie Opperman. 

What is the Connection with First Love?

In 2015, Jamie and Adeline Opperman felt the Lord working in their hearts to care for widows, orphans and the oppressed. God soon opened a door for them to provide economic empowerment to the most vulnerable through creating a marketplace of global goods with a focus on supporting partners engaged in Kingdom work. This event came to be the annual Redeemer Christmas Market.

In 2022, God began to again stir in their hearts to replicate the Market by partnering with additional churches and communities. As a direct answer to prayer, Adeline was offered a position as Director of First Love Market, a new initiative within First Love International Ministries. With this addition, the ministry is able to expand beyond a one-day event and its impact can multiply in helping to bring dignified work to the most vulnerable around the world. 

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