'Oasis' is a bereavement self-help group meeting at Christ Church and open to all in the locality who have suffered any kind of bereavement, either recently or some months ago or even years ago. It meets every month except August on the first and third Wednesday afternoons (Afternoon Group) and second Wednesday evenings (Evening Group) in the Christ Church Centre, and provides a social opportunity alongside fun activities such as music, craft, food, talks etc. Occasional outings are arranged - we have been to the Houses of Parliament and on theatre and pantomime trips and have even been away for a short holiday. Everyone is valued equally and treated with sensitivity and respect. If you or anyone you know would like to join us, you can be assured of a friendly welcome, a time of laughter, empathy, a listening ear, as well as an opportunity to make new friends.For further details, telephone Bob & Lynda Tibbles (Afternoon Oasis) or Richard Chalmers (Evening Oasis) via the Church Office.
HOLIDAY AT HOME: August
Over 12 months in planning, and all over in three days! Holiday at Home at Christ Church is three very special days of friendship, fun, feeding for body and soul, pampering, rest, learning opportunities, creative outlets and physical activity.
Each day starts with a short morning ‘service’ with hymns, a themed thought for the day and prayers, followed by coffee and a choice of activities. A superb cooked lunch is served in the Church Centre, which may be accompanied by poems and recitations! Activities continue after lunch and end with tea and cakes around 3.00 pm. On the final day an afternoon concert brings the event to a wonderful end.
Activities have included: card making, manicures, indoor short-mat bowls, exercise classes, a computer class, painting and drawing, calligraphy, flower arranging, percussion and singing workshops, a music quiz and a quiet area where a selection of daily papers are provided. There have been illustrated talks on birdsong and beekeeping, and representatives from both Social Services and the NHS are usually on hand to offer advice and informative literature.
Some lovely comments from our guests: ‘I only booked for the middle day as I thought I would just be sitting around, but once I had spent Wednesday with you I just had to come on Thursday’; ‘I have felt as if I was special all day’; ‘I have loved all the different activities’; ‘I have made new friends’.
Holiday at Home is an event showing teamwork at its best: a tangible display of 'the Body of Christ' at work in Christ Church.