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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 Anniversary Service and Barn Dance, which was great fun for both dancers and spectators. 

In July 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 £2.

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 very popular.

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.

Carolyn Urwin

Minister, Wraysbury Baptist Church,









Wraysbury Baptists

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