St George’s Funday 2016 – Caring for our Community
This year was our 11th annual Community Festival and, as often happens with this event, the weather forecast was dreadful during the preceding week but on the day the rain held off and the sun shone (well, some of the time)! With an attendance approaching 800 during the course of the afternoon, this was yet another chance to celebrate our community, meet old friends and hopefully make a few new ones too.
The face painting, crafts and bouncy castle kept children (and parents) happy right through the afternoon, whilst the centre games team served up some great activities, some very wet as usual! There were tug of war competitions for children and adults once again and the climbing wall was as popular as ever - watched closely by all who took the opportunity to just sit and chat, relaxing with a cup of tea and excellent home-baked cake. This year we ordered an extra 100 sausages for the BBQ and we were glad we did, finally running out at 10 to 5!
The story of St. George and the dragon was re-enacted once more and our gallant hero tried to vanquish the fierce dragon and rescue the ‘oppressed’ villagers and beautiful princess! However, this year the mass of villagers appeared to overcome the dragon themselves whilst St. George (alias Vicar Nigel) just stood and watched! I don’t think they’d read the script and it did make you feel almost sorry for the dragon (sorry Jez!!).
As ever, sincere thanks must go to our many sponsors, including a significant grant from the Parish Council and generous contributions in so many ways from the local churches. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this event happen and, of course, to everyone who came along on the day and helped to create such a special occasion.
The theme for our Funday this year was ‘caring for your neighbour’ and this was reflected in the range of craft activities on offer, including making beautiful ‘family trees’ from coloured pipe-cleaners and creating a 2m diameter collage of the world, from which people were invited to add contributions to our prayer tree. This theme and these activities were carried over into the following morning by children and adults alike as Wheatley Community Church held a very successful Church in the Park, again in beautiful sunshine, exploring what God tells about caring for those around us and using the prayers contributed by visitors the previous day.
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