Church in Different Ways
Fundraising and supporting others
Many of these events also help us to raise funds for both the upkeep of our church and other good causes. Over the past few years we have, as a church, donated at least 10% of the funds we have raised. This is something we aim to continue, and so we try to find a balance between providing resources for our community and raising funds through the events we run each year.
Messy Church is a fun way to explore key themes within the Bible using crafts, games, and activities. It is aimed at children and teens, however we’ve found that the adult helpers enjoy Messy Church just as much as the children! We hold a handful of Messy Church sessions throughout the year, especially at Christmas, Easter, and Harvest.
Throughout the year we hold several coffee mornings, providing an opportunity for us to come together as a community and have a chat over a good cup of tea or coffee.
Coffee mornings also help us to raise funds, for both the upkeep of our church as well as other projects, such as Christian Aid and local charities.
Our jumble sales are always a fantastic way to grab yourself a real bargain. We have a range of clothes for men, women, and children, as well as books, games, and bric-a-brac.
Every so often we also hold a “Trash to Treasure” sale, for the items that have been donated, which are slightly more expensive than the items available at our jumble sales.
Our Pantomime is always a massive hit with the local community, with all three performances usually selling out. They are a fantastic mix of comedy, audience participation, and great music, and a wonderful treat for all the family.
We’ve been putting on a pantomime every year since 1990, meaning we will celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2020!
In 2017 we decided that it might be good to open our doors on Halloween, offering treats to children passing the church. It was such a big hit that we expanded the event in 2018, offering games and craft activities in the church, as well as treat bags. Within an hour we had handed out 100 treat bags, and provided a safe space to drop into for trick or treaters in the area. We hope that it continues to be popular this year too.
Our Christmas Fair has been a highlight of the year for a very long time now. Our craft group provide us with a wonderful selection of handmade gifts for sale, we always have a range of cakes and preserves made by members of the church, and the tombola and raffle are always big hits with visitors. Add in the games and second-hand stall, and it’s the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.
Our Folk Carol Service is a fun and moving service held on the Sunday closest to Christmas. It is led by our worship leader, Jonathan, and friends who introduce us to a range of traditional folk carols alongside old favourites. It is always a lively experience, whilst retaining a sense of reverence thanks to the candlelit service and readings from the gospels. Why not come along and experience it yourself this year?