My wife, Sue, has been chair the Social Committee for about seven years, a committee of between eight and twelve congregation members. We try to hold events that will interest and involve everyone within the church aiming to break even or make a small surplus which goes to charity. Over the years we have come to the conclusion you can appeal to some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't appeal to all of the people all of the time - where have I heard that before? Anyway, we try to hold a variety of different events so that over time we hope there will be something to appeal to everyone. The church is not the building it's the people, the community of the church and turning up on a Sunday for the service then going home with very little interaction, other than a two minute chat about how they are, the weather etc. is not much of a community.
Since the beginning of the year we've had a Burns Night, Black & White Evening, a Quiz, a Bring & Share Meal and of course we have Film Club on the first Monday of the month, where you can watch a variety of films and vote on the film for next time (membership £6 per year). The films we can watch are limited by the licence we have got, but you might be surprised at some of the choices; they range from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to Shakespeare in Love and A Christmas Carol. You don't have to be a member of the church to attend the different events and members are encouraged to bring friends and family.
What have we got lined up for the rest of 2013? We are hoping to do a meal to celebrate the birth of a Royal baby (we're waiting until it happens to decide), we are going out for a carvery meal at Park House on the 31st August, we are doing Sunday lunch on 29th September as a combined Renewal/Harvest meal and supporting other events with refreshments over Christmas like the Carols by Candlelight service with mulled wine and mince pies after. Hope to see you at one of the events.