To help give you a flavour of life at Core Church, here are just some of the things we've done recently:
The Bible describes itself as the sword of the Spirit – it's a weapon to defend what is good and defeat what is evil. But, like all weapons, you have to learn to wield it, which is why in October 2019 we started a new series aiming to help people new to Christianity get up-to-speed with what the Bible is all about and to help the rest of us do some revision! The series alternates between looking at an overview of part of the Bible and studying a specific theme, person or event in more detail.
In February 2017 we launched a new event – The T Party. The T Party is a fun way for families to enjoy church. In a busy world we all need the chance to take time to be together and that's what The T Party is all about. There's craft at Table Time, games in Team Time, stories for Tale Time and it all ends with the best T of all – Tea Time!
In January 2017 we launched our pop-up coffee shop, Coffee On The Way, in Bowerhill Village Hall, initially on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month but with plans to expand. Our aim is to be a community hub, a place for local people to meet-up and enjoy a welcoming atmosphere with no pressure to drink-up and get out. We are open from 8:30am to 4:00pm, serving top quality barista coffee, hot chocolate, speciality teas, soft drinks, delicious pastries and cakes, light lunches and snacks.
Every year since 2007 we have opened the doors of Melksham Assembly Hall on 25th December and welcomed anyone who wants to join us to celebrate Christmas. In 2017 we switched to two sittimgs because of the increasing numbers of people attending. The first sitting is at 12pm followed by a carol service at 2pm and the second sitting at 3pm. Much of what we need for the day (including the hall, the turkey, the puddings and a minibus) is donated by local people and businesses. You can find out more at www.melksham.christmas.
Rather than complain about the way people “celebrate” Halloween, we make it an opportunity to get out into the community, spread some light in the darkness and let people know who we are, where we are and what we are. We set up a gazebo at a location in Bowerhill and give away hot chocolate, tea, coffee and helium balloons to passers-by. It always gets a great reaction.
Each year we have a church weekend away which on many occasions has been held at Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre near Marlbrough. Everyone has the chance to take part in a variety of activities including archery, rock climbing, target shooting, fencing, shelter building, camp fire cooking, canoeing, geocaching and walking.
Every summer Core Church takes a group of young people from local churches to a Christian festival. Until 2019 this meant a week at Soul Survivor, a five day Christian camp where thousands gather for fellowship, worship and discipleship. Soul Survivor ended in 2019, so we are now attending one of the alternative festivals that have taken on the task of bringing young Christians together.