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BBQ for Swindon Safe Families – 10/Sep, 12-3pm

… With free bouncy castle, face painting and ice cream!

Notice: We are all saddened by the passing of our Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. As this is a community event, we feel it is appropriate to use the opportunity to also pay tribute to Her Majesty. You are very warmly invited to join us, and at around 1pm, we will spend a short time honouring her passing.

Hot off the press! Swindon Night Shelter will be holding a pop-up shop at the same time. It’s a great opportunity to grab a bargain and support another great charity at the same time. So, double the reason for coming!

Our BBQ last year, in support of the Great Western Hospital, was such an enjoyable and fun occasion that we are very much looking forward to repeating it again this Sept.

This time we are supporting Swindon Safe Families.

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Update on BBQ for GWH

What a fantastic afternoon we all had! The weather was perfect for sitting out in. The BBQ and the cafe were busy and sold out of everything by the end. We’d given away all the ice cream too. The bouncy castle and face painting were very popular and the mix of live music through the afternoon kept us wonderfully entertained.

It was all for a great local cause. So many of us benefit from the care we receive from our Great Western Hospital – in recent times, more than ever. All profits will be donated to its Brighter Futures charity.

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to put the event on and to everyone in the community who came to enjoy it and donated so generously to support Brighter Futures.

As soon as we have the total raised we will publish it here.

Thank you again from all at Freshbrook Church and on behalf of GWH and those who will benefit from our support.

Addy’s Market, Sat. 26/Jun

Lots of great stalls to browse through, plus a café with lots of delicious cakes. Here’s the list of the stalls:

1. Cards and crafts by Burnet Saint

Selling photography, magnets, bottles and more 

2. Mayflower Boutique

Selling handmade hair bows and accessories. 

3. My Garden Dream

Selling slate Garden decor.

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Thy Kingdom Come – 2021

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. In recent years, Christians from 172 countries have taken part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

As a church, we’d love to see God’s kingdom breaking out in a greater way in our community. Why not join other like-minded churches across Swindon in seeking God’s blessing on our town and our friends, ministry and neighbourhood.

The meetings will be held on Zoom between 13-23/May. The Zoom details will be sent out at a later date. Below is an overview of the various meetings, which are all in the event calendar.

Thu, 13/May, 8 – 9 pm – The launch meeting, majoring on worship

Between 14-21/May there will be three half hour slots every day at:

  • 8 – 8:30 am
  • 1 – 1:30 pm
  • 8 – 8:30 pm

The theme for each of these days are:

  • Fri, 14/May: Ourselves – relationship with God
  • Sat, 15/May: Ourselves – our sphere
  • Sun, 16/May: Our churches
  • Mon, 17/May: Churches working together to serve Swindon
  • Tue, 18/May: Swindon – children, young people, the disadvantaged
  • Wed, 19/May: Swindon – economy, arts, government, etc
  • Thu, 20/May – UK
  • Fri, 21/May – The nations

Between Sat, 22/May, 8 am to Sun 23/May, 8 am – 24 hours of continuous prayer in half hour slots. If you would like to lead one of these half hour sessions on a theme of your choice, please email office@freshbrook.org for details.

Sun, 23/May, 8 – 9 am – Final Session for All

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

Easter Treasure Hunt for All – And the Winners Are …

Thank you to all who participated! We trust you had fun doing it.

First of all, here are the answers for those who are just desperate to know:

All the teams were brilliant (especially as some teams had to contend with snow!) and all scored over 20 out of 25.

We have three winning teams, who all scored 24/25, and they are:

  • The Rockets
  • Marvellous Martins
  • MacNaughton 3

With the overall winners being The Rockets based on the tie breaker. Their imaginative answer, that the large rocks between the Community Centre and the dentists were there because the ancient Swindon Council put them there as a portal to Stonehenge, won the day.

Apart from these winners, a runner up prize went to Lily and Lucas Gibbons.

All have received little goodies for their efforts:).

Why not join in the Treasure Hunt over the Easter holiday (please do keep to the government covid safety guidelines and any updates, we want everybody to stay safe while having fun).

Just download this form:

Start from the church, feel free to park your car in the church’s car park if you need to.

Start following the clues on the form and fill out the answers. It’s all on foot, and mostly on footpaths. It will take about an hour, depending on how fast you walk. It can also be split into two sections.

When you’re done (you should end up close to the church), just put your team name and contact details on the top of the form and post it through the church’s letter box.

Feel free to do the hunt any time during the Easter break. The competition ends on 19/April, and the winner announced on our web site by 23/April. Answers and photos will be posted here too. Some delicious home baked goodies and a lovely gift book will await the winner.

Happy hunting!

GN4S Prayer Evening, Fri 16/Oct

From 6pm to midnight, Fri, 16/Oct there will be a wonderful opportunity to come together as churches in Swindon to seek our God in prayer.

GN4S (Good New for Swindon) will be hosting the meeting on Zoom. Organised as half hour sessions, you can join as many as you like!

Let’s gather and seek God’s blessing on our town and nation!

Lock Down Opportunities – Refurbishment

Our building is extensively use by a wide variety of groups in the community (see list below). Our industrious maintenance team took the opportunity offered by this lock down time to do some great work (socially distanced, of course) for the benefit of all who use our facilities. Here’s a little look at what they’ve been up to:

Here are just some of the groups who have hosted in the last two years, and we very much look forward to opening the building up and welcoming many of these groups back: