Children, Families & Youth
It is a key part of our mission and vision to be at the heart of the local community. Therefore we take part in community events and organise some events for the whole community ourselves. Our events are normally advertised on the home page of this website.
Our churches have a visible presence at each of these regular community events.
At the Donkey Derby in Twyford, we host a prayer tent with an opportunity for people to post requests on a ‘prayer wall’ or to be prayed with individually. We also organise children’s activities.
The Twyford Family Fun Run attracts mainly families with young children. We have a Christian presence through practical help, especially organising the finish line. We also have a stall where we can talk to people.
Twyford has had a Living Advent Calendar for a few years now, run by Twyford Together. Every day during Advent, an event takes place, organised by the churches, schools and businesses for the whole community. For more information, go here.
The Hurst Show and Country Fayre is a two-day event which takes place at the end of June. A team from St Nicholas’ Church support this event by running a popular book stall.
Events organised for the community by our churches include:
The Christmas Tree Festival is a biennial event held in St Mary’s Church. Local organisations decorate trees and display them in the church. The event attracts more than 3000 visitors. For pictures and videos from previous events, please visit the Christmas Tree Festival 2016 page.
Recently, we have also started to put on Get in the Picture, an opportunity for people to dress up as Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, a king or an angel, and become part of the nativity. The photo that is taken can for example be used for Christmas cards.
The St James Patronal Festival is celebrated at St James in Ruscombe biennially. It offers a chance to climb the 60-foot-high church tower to enjoy the view.
St Nicholas hosts organ recitals, and an annual Christmas Fayre takes place to raise funds. Craft mornings for children are regular events.
A community choir has been set up in Hurst which support local events such as the Hurst Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christmas services.