Activities There are many activities and groups - something for everyone!
Pram Service & Toddler Services (Bells & Biscuits)
Meets on Tuesdays at 10.00 am 'till Noon. Mums, Childminders, (sometimes Dads) and young children sing some songs, have a bible story, some prayers and then go from church into the hall for playtime and tea and biscuits and conversation. Great fun! Please come along and join the fun and relaxed atmosphere. Led by Sue, and Jan, supported by Zahra and clergy. Mainly for babies to pre-school age - during school holidays children often return because they miss us - we throw a party then to welcome them back! Ideal for families new to church.
We want children to have fun and enjoy learning more about Jesus. Creative play in the hall after worship time in church with toys and crafts.
The Church Football Team at Home at Fryers Field
(sadly we've hung up our boots since 2011)
We regularly run Messy Church Sessions - these are held on Sunday afternoons at 3pm and are as advertised thorough school and church publicity. Children can only attend with a parent or responsible adult. There's craft, food & lots of fun - it is very popular! Contact Mrs Isobel Dale on 01202 892113 or the Vicar 01202 893197.
Messy Church Sessions are two fun-filled hours that fly by!
We built a Pirate Ship and learnt about the True Treasure
Tea and sandwiches/cakes/scones are served for the older generation and all villagers are welcome - to provide a time for socialisation (tea & chat). This informal group meets in the Church Hall from 3.00-4.30 pm on the second Thursday and is co-ordinated by Mary Keegan and Jan Cribben with helpers (contact through church).
Men's Breakfast Group
We meet in the Church Hall on the third Saturday monthly from 9am for about 90 minutes for a hearty breakfast and social - which may include a speaker or other input. Co-ordinators are William Munn and Peter Dunning (contact through church). Not really allowed to write this, but women are not permitted!
We meet on Tuesday evenings about once every six weeks to deepen our understanding of other faiths, cultures and organisations. We have arranged talks on Christian Biblical History, Children and Young Peoples Ministry, Sign-language, Judaism (including a visit to a Synagogue), various Charitable organisations and Missionary Work. We have to visited Bournemouth Mosque and learnt about Islam. Details are published in church and in our Parish magazine. Contact Gill Clarke and Jenny Winslade.
The church constantly organises social events - some are pure fun (Burns Night, Summer BBQ) some are traditional (Harvest Meal, Bazaars) some are Fundraisers (Dances & Concerts) some are unusual (Annual Railway Day, Bi-annual Gardens Open). All normally include food and fun and often a Raffle. We believe in life before death and do our best to welcome new friends into all our activities even if they cannot commit to church attendance. Tickets are available from the church and local shops - or there's a sign-up list in church and events are publicised in the Parish Magazine. Events take place in The Memorial Hall, Church/Hall or in the Village. Contact Chris Wilson, Social Secretary.
There are two Mothers Union groups. Each meet monthly, one in the afternoon led by Dawn Beek and the other is an evening Group led by Geraldine Cole. 'We are committed to Christian family life - and values. Our member's are enrolled and make a promise in this respect. We meet for fellowship and normally invite a guest Speaker. We welcome new members.'
For more information about the national Mothers' Union visit their website.
Choir practices in church on Wednesday at 7.30 pm with our trainer/organist Valerie Robertson and sings at our 10.00 am Eucharist.
Home Groups are run bi-weekly at various times in peoples' homes. They give us the opportunity to meet with other Christians to build friendships, to share, to pray, and to study the Bible. An average meeting lasts for about two hours. Study themes are chosen by the group.
The prayer group generally meets at 2.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday in the month in the home of one of the members. There is opportunity for open prayer on topical or personal concerns. Prayer is the cornerstone of all Christian life and activity. Come and pray with us.
Alpha Courses are an informal, friendly and relaxed way to explore the meaning of life from a modern Christian perspective. Ten week Alpha Courses are being run throughout Britain and we are pleased to run them on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at various locations. We enjoy a meal, watch a 30 minute presentation and then have some discussion. Meet new friends! Click here for more information.
All are welcome to join one of the various groups. Please get in contact with the Vicar Revd. Andrew Rowland.