(this post was 1st published on the Rural Presence Blog)
St John the Baptist at Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire organised the 9 day festival as a mission to their village. Preparation took two years of hard work and encouraged involvement from across the congregation. Events were chosen that would appeal to a broad cross-section of villagers and where possible build on existing church activities.
The programme came together gradually, with events ranging from a sports pub quiz, a beer and curry night in church, Desert Island Discs, an All Age Fun Run, lunches, dinners or coffee mornings for groups of villagers with a talk or testimony, an RE Focus week in the village primary school, a Fun Factor day for children and families and a body and soul evening.
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