The social side of the Parish is a very important part of life within the family of All Saints’ Church and we try to put together a blend of events throughout each year which will appeal to all ages. The events we organise are aimed at both members of the church and the wider community who we always encourage to come along and see what we are about. Some of the events are purely social, bringing us together to share food, friendship and fellowship, others bring in an additional income stream and raise valuable funds for church projects.
So a typical year might look something like this: Jumble Sale (January), Burns Night Supper and Dance (January), Quiz Night (March), Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Saturday, wherever that falls), Wine Tasting (May), Warrington Male Voice Choir concert in church (Autumn), Village Bonfire (November), Christmas Fayre (November) and Village Carols (December). And that’s just the regular events! We also host delightful concerts in church (for example, the Bridgewater Singers in 2019) and in 2019 ran an extremely successful and appreciated Afternoon Tea and Garden Party in the glorious gardens of a local resident. We hope this latter occasion will become an annual event.
Members of the Social and Communications Action Group also organise a Fairtrade Coffee Morning in church during Fairtrade Fortnight and a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the autumn; both are really popular and raise funds for these very worthwhile charities. A warm welcome is assured (plus so much cake!). We also run a Fairtrade stall after both morning services on the first and third Sundays of the month.
A Book Club takes place regularly in the Community area at the back of church and there is also an All Saints’ Supper Club which brings people together over a shared meal for food and friendship.
At each event we try to involve as many people as possible, from servers to entertainers, from cleaners to organisers, from shoppers to chefs, from chief cooks to bottle washers! Getting together with others to do a task to a definite deadline can be one of the best ways to bind folk together and has deepened many a friendship over the years. And help is always welcomed!
Our Parish News is a FREE monthly publication, edited by a member of the SCAG and delivered by a merry band of volunteers to every house in the village. It ensures that the work and life of All Saints’, in relation to worship, fellowship, friendship and social activity, is advertised as widely as possible. It aims to have a little bit of interest for everyone in the village, including our local business people, and has numerous contributors. A review in 2019 confirmed that the publication is an important aspect of village life and appreciated by many residents and we will do our very best to keep it going. Sponsors welcome!
We also have a Website (you’re on it!) and a Facebook page (All Saints Church Thelwall).
Everyone is welcome at our events – we encourage you all to come along to experience the fun and fellowship. And ideas for new events are always welcome too! Please join us……….