by Shoshana Willetts

The thanksgiving weekend in Aylesbury featured two events which proved a great success.

Aspects of nativity (11th December)
The first day of our Thanksgiving Weekend was a performance by Dove Dance Group with musical interludes provided by Unite Youth Band. The event was attended by 100 visitors and was enjoyed by all. Cream teas were served afterwards courtesy of Open Door Community Church, which is celebrating 10 years of working in the Quarrendon area of Aylesbury. The anniversary dovetails nicely with the 50 year celebration of the National Church.Dove Dance Group started in May this year. The aim of the group is to “Explore Creativity & Build Confidence”. This was very evident in all the performers (aged 4 to 12) who took part on the day.The Unite Youth Band is newly formed and its talents added to the whole afternoon being a “Celebration” of working with young people - which the church has done both locally and nationally for the past 50 years.A collection was taken at the end of the performance which raised £125 towards printed t-shirts for the young people of both groups.

Photograph courtesy of M. Bond

 Community Sunday Roast (12th December)                                                                                                                                                        The following day, as part of the ongoing Thanksgiving Weekend, a Community Roast was provided for 60 members of the local community by the local church, organised by mothers Maria & Sam who attend the Parent Café run by Open Door Community Church. One of the attendees said, “It was a great atmosphere and I felt really at home here”.

A huge thank you to the local church and local community members for all their hard work in making the weekend one to remember. 

Pastor Richard Willetts said of the weekend’s events:

“This was a fitting end to a year of celebration which brought both church and community together.”

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