Dear <<First Name>>
I know 2018 hasn’t quite finished yet, but I’m assuming you’re going to get a nice new diary in your stocking and you want to put the church dates in first to make sure you don’t miss anything!
We’ve got lots of plans for the year ahead—women’s events, men’s events, youth events. We’re planning on a day trip to the Big Church Day Out with up to 30,000 other Christians. We’ve got church social events and evangelistic events. We’re putting on a 2-day children’s holiday club. We’re helping at the Windsor Homeless shelter. It sounds like a lot, but spread through the year we hope it’ll be a good balance. See below for some key dates, but before then here are some highlights.
Friday@Hopkins' – For those who were here at the start of the Windsor Fellowship Church’s life you’ll remember how you met on a Friday evening at the Hopkins' home. From what I’ve heard they sounded like a wonderful social time and many people, not just church people, enjoyed spending time together. We’d like to recreate something of that and the initial run of 3 will be Friday 25th January, Friday 22ndFebruary, and Friday 29th March.
Big Church Day Out – This a weekend Christian festival suitable for all ages, from the very young to the very old. We’re planning on going down for the day on Saturday May 25th with as many from our church family who can come. Because we’ve not been before we’re eligible for a large discount on normal prices—£23 per adult and £17 per child (5-16 year’s old, under 5s free). A friend from our previous church who has been wrote this “It’s a little snippet of what heaven will be like just coming before King Jesus in worship, adoration and praise... Where else can you listen to Christian hip hop, and dance about in a mosh pit, see Pirate Gem from cbeebies swashbuckle (kids!) and hear powerful music and amazing testimonies. Our motivation was primarily showing the children that “church” is so much bigger than a building on a Sunday and hanging out in the field with tens of thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ certainly did that! It’s not just about the main stage though, the site is massive with several other stages offering different genres of music and places to simply stop, reflect and rest.”
Children’s Holiday Club – Thursday & Friday 30th & 31st May – 10am-12.30pm – Holiday Clubs are amazing fun and hugely engaging for primary aged children. Lots of activities, games, and great Bible teaching. We’ll be in the youth centre. Great for our kids at church, great to bring other children you know, and a great opportunity for you to serve and be involved.
Summer Camps – We’d love all of our 11+ young people to go on a summer residential Christian holiday. Many of ours already do, but if yours doesn’t then please talk to me. Last year 5 of our young people came to Maidwell 1 CYFA Venture www.maidwell1.org (there’s a promo video on there with incriminating pictures of me!). We’d love it if as many as possible could come from our church family, (even if they’re already going on one it’d be great if they could come on this one too), including students coming back as junior leaders, and any others to consider coming as a leader or cook.
Sunday 27th January – Confirmation Service – The Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas, is coming for this special event as a number of our family make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in being confirmed (or re-affirming your baptismal vows) please talk to me asap.
Sunday 3rd March – Church Lunch – Join the whole church family for a Sunday roast.
Saturday 27th April – Annual Vision Dinner – Join us for our annual dinner as we think about the year ahead (provisional date).
Saturday 28th September – A Turbulent Priest – A new comedy play by James Cary (the writer of A Monk’s Tale and The God Particle) about the murder of Thomas Beckett 850 years ago. Engaging, fun and thought-provoking.
For a full list of church events see our church calendar HERE.
Senior Minister, Windsor Fellowship Church