Events
 

There is normally plenty going on for the community and we want to keep you up to date with all our news. There are different types of event that take place including courses [e.g. Alpha], socials [e.g. quizzes, music events, drama], presentations from the church calendar [e.g. nativity plays], and plenty of 'food' opportunities.

Due to COVID-19 the majority of events we would have liked to have provided throughout the past 18 months either had to be cancelled or put on hold for a period of time until circumstances changed [
see COVID-19 latest].  Now, is we move into the new  church year towards the end of summer and with the easing of restrictions, so some future events have begun to emerge. These you will find in the scheduled events below.   As time progresses we hope that many more events will appear.  

If you would like any further information about upcoming events or any previous ones then please do not hesitate to
contact us.

Events

February 2022: Holiday Club  
Feb2021HolidayClub After the disappointment of COVID necessitating the cancellation of the 2021 Summer Holiday Club, it is great to receive news that a club is in the planning phase for February 2022.  Always enjoyed by the youngsters this event will again be open to 5-11 year olds during the mid-term break in February.   
   
November 2021:  Tearfund's The Big Quiz  
BigQuiz2021 A great fun evening!  Last held in November 2019 which was a tremendous success, this year's quiz event will once again be hosted in the Sheldon Road church building, on November 20th.  Put a reminder in your diary - more information to follow later, or go to Tearfund now to learn more about the Big Quiz.
   
June - July 2021:  Worship in the Wild.
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A six–week ‘Worship in the Wild’ was enjoyed by up to 30 people each Saturday in June/July, meeting on Riverside Drive, a beautiful location by the river and we were blessed with dry weather.
 
Each week we enjoyed a picnic - it was good to catch up with those we had not seen in person for many months. This was followed by a time of worship - we discovered that worshipping God in nature offers countless possibilities. We were able to enter into God’s imagination, being surrounded by trees, flowers and creatures which are covered with the footprints of God the Creator. We relived Bible stories which happened outdoors and we all felt better for being in the fresh air.  It was wonderful to see many different ages engaging in the various activities, and in conversations of faith.
 
Easter - April 2021: Easter Trail.
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On Saturday 3rd April, SRMC held an Adventure Trail around 2 areas of Chippenham, to encourage our church families plus their friends to celebrate Easter together, socially distanced, of course!
 
There were 2 trails and about 9 groups joined in, accepting the challenge of making the QR codes for accessing clues, and finding their way from one post to the next.  And there were rewards!  At both finishing points were bags of goodies for each family, including a copy of Dai Wooldridge's book, 
A Seriously Surprising Story. 
 
The idea and materials for this event were supplied by
Scripture Union, as a safe way for families to explore the meaning of Easter together, outdoors, and it proved to be a great way of learning and sharing together under restricted circumstances.  And the sun shone!
 


March 2021 COVID-19 Day of Reflection.   To encourage people to join this opportunity to come together with hope for the future a window display was created with many contributions from within the fellowship.
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February 2021 Pancake Party on ZOOM.
Pancakes with kids On Shrove Tuesday, February 16th, we held a pancake party – on Zoom! We would normally be doing this in the church building of course, but desperate times called for desperate measures! The invitations went out, and families got their ingredients ready, and at 6pm we all switched on with the laptop/tablet/phone in the kitchen or dining room.

22 groups of all ages logged on, and the 45 minute programme included a couple of videos from Scripture Union to help our understanding about the start of Lent, background music while we cooked and ate our pancakes, and a poll to find out the most popular toppings (lemon and sugar).

 
   







December 2020. This year's Nativity occurred as a video presentation,  published on December 20th on social media including  our YouTube channel. 
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August 2020.  Summer Holiday Club.  
HC5 This year COVID disrupted plans for the annual Holiday Club normally held on the church premises, but instead an online Holiday Club was compiled and published during August [also September through October].  Further details of the event here.

April 2020.  The Pilgrim's Progress.
PilgrimsProgress A theatre retelling of a much loved story by the Oddments Theatre Co.  Sadly cancelled due to COVID-19.

March 2020.  Earth Care Exhibition  
RochaDay Sadly cancelled due to COVID-19.

Christmas 2019 Nativity Play.    
LineUp The cast photo line up for Straw and Order - the 2019 Nativity play.

November 2019 - TearFund Big Quiz
Montage A montage of images from the Big Quiz event, held one Saturday evening in November.  90 people attended, £565 was raised.  This was a country-wide event organised through Tear Fund with 506 churches and some 23000 people taking part.  A great evening of raising funds and having fun.

July 2019.  Toilet Twinning Campaign - Cream Tea.  The first fund raising event for our Toilet Twinning campaign.  A Cream Tea at The Conigre Hotel in Melksham on Sunday July 14th.
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May 2019.  The Big Brekkie.  
BigBrekkie The Big Brekkie - a fund raising breakfast for Christian Aid held on a Saturday morning in May.