2012 saw the 150th
anniversary of the construction of the building in 1862.
It seemed like too good an
opportunity to miss and so we put together a varied range of events over
the year with the aim of having something for everyone. Looking back, I’m
glad to say that everybody who came seemed to enjoy them and
were glad they came.
We began with a Craft Fair in April
which was so successful that we have been asked whether we will run one
again next year, so
watch out for that in the Spring. May brought a special 150th
and Barn Dance, which was great fun for both dancers and spectators.
we held a well-attended afternoon Songs of Praise, which combined people’s
stories with favourite hymns and songs and in
October we held an Autumn Fair, which
also went well.
In addition, we have also had
stalls at the Village Fair, St Andrew’s Garden Party and the
Macmillan fairs. It has been good to meet so many people at these and get
feedback on our events and ideas
for how we can offer support and friendship.
To mark the 150th
Anniversary, we have published an updated history
book of the church, telling its
story from its first beginnings to the present day. It makes a good
read. Copies are available from the church or
from our stalls at various village events, priced
Our last midweek event of the
year will be our popular Candlelit Carol Evening on Wednesday
12th December at 7.30pm. A
scrumptious buffet supper will be followed by
our retelling the Christmas story through carols, readings, poems and
sketches, making an entertaining and
yet meaningful and special evening. We say every year that
last year’s will be a hard act to follow, and this year is no exception!
We continue to open the church
on a couple of days during the week so that anyone can
drop in for a chat, to find a quiet space to think or pray, or to
talk and pray with someone. Currently our opening times are on
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 till 1 but the exact times
do vary slightly according to my availability. On Wednesdays,
we have a weekly Coffee Morning (10.30 till 12), at
which there is a newspaper, fairtrade and card stalls and internet
access available. We also have a chiropodist who visits about
every two months (charge £20), for which anyone can book, who is proving
Of course, you are also very
welcome to join us for our services, on Sundays at 11am. They
have a friendly and fairly relaxed feel and people find them encouraging
and uplifting. There is plenty of time
for coffee and a chat and getting to know people at the
end. We also have midweek home groups for people wanting to discover more
about being a Christian and to explore what
the Bible teaches us for today.
We are happy to hire out our
church hall for family or charitable purposes so contact us
for more details and see also the advert on page 26. The hall is carpeted
and works well for children’s
parties, with its adjoining kitchen and toilets, and also for group
meetings and exercise classes.
With my very best wishes for a
joyful and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.
Minister, Wraysbury Baptist