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Events through the year

In addition to its regular worship, praise, prayer and ministry services, we celebrate the main Christian festivals of Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.  There are also special festivals, services and events through the year that promote the beauty of God's creation, bring out the creativity of parishioners and townspeople, spread the Good News to townspeople and/or serve to raise funds for the work of the church locally and internationally.

January
In the Covenant Service we celebrate all that God has done for us and affirm that we give our lives and choices to God. The traditional Covenant prayer makes it very clear that this affirmation is a serious one that embraces the whole of our life, in all its parts.  It is an opportunity to re-dedicate our lives to God’s service, to put the year into God’s hands and to trust him for all that is to come
 More information about the Covenant Service on the Methodist Church website.

March/April
Easter
is a very special time in the Church's year.  In addition to the usual services on Easter Sunday we also mark Good Friday with a 3 hour service of quiet contemplation, prayer and music.

April
Every year members of our congregations of all ages go to Spring Harvest.  It's for people of all ages and church backgrounds and features Bible teaching, seminars, and worship. The aim is to deepen faith and to return home inspired to speak out for Jesus.

May
The Barrows, Baskets, Boots and Buckets (BBB&B) Festival was started in 2001 as the Barrows and Baskets Festival and is now an established part of the St Giles Church year.  Every year the church comes alive with a springtime display of decorated barrows, baskets, boots and buckets of all shapes, sizes and designs.

July

Children's Holiday Club Week when children between the ages of 7 and 10 take part in various themed activities every morning.

September
The Flower Festival is a themed event with artistic interpretive flower displays around the church.

The St Gies Church Dedication Service takes placeon the second Sunday in September.  All groups connected with the church are invited to take part.  The service celebrates the life of the church and those taking part in it.

October
Harvest Festival

November
The Christmas Tree Festival sees the church alive with around a hundred Christmas trees.  In common with our Barrows and Baskets Festival, local people from the church, local organisations and businesses contribute their various trees, each decorated with an individual design.  There are serious subjects and humorous ones.  There are simple small designs and large-scale intricate ones.  Each year the challenge to present something new is taken up by the entrants.  Each year there are more surprises and more innovations.

December

Christmas is marked by Christingle services for children, a Carol Service, Midnight Communion and, on Christmas Morning, by a Family Communion.

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