Christmas time is such a wonderful time of year, where we all try and leave the worries aside and focus in on the good things we have in life: on family, and on celebrating joys, and happy times, and thinking of the things that cheer us up, or bring us together.

So as part of Bourton Baptist church family, we thought we would add some activities for the community to join in with our Christmas time – we have activities that will appeal to everyone, to enjoy and to celebrate with us and others. We also have our lovely Christmas church services, too, that celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ – the ‘Christ’ in Christmas!

Come and celebrate with us – you are warmly welcomed to one or all of the events below –

Throughout December –

Nativity Hunt with Virtual Reality game – we have ‘hidden’ 12 wooden figures from a nativity set (Jesus in a manger, Mary, Joseph, Shephards, Sheep, Wise Men, Camel) in various village shops who have kindly agreed to join in with the fun. With each one, you will also see a card up high in the window, showing a present with a number (1 to 12) and ‘12 revelations of Christmas’ – this is a virtual reality (VR) game for those with mobile phones that want to have some fun! Just go to your phone’s app shop, and search for ‘12 revelations of Christmas’; download the app, and then, when you spot a card – go in the shop, and at the counter, there will be another ‘present picture’. Open the VR app, so your camera is active, and hold your phone over the present… boom! It begins! Tap the VR present that appears, and watch what happens!  

We will have the VR ‘present’ cards in Bourton Baptist Church, Station Road, for you to try, if you are visiting us.

Christingle is a traditional Christmas childrens activity, where we make a Christingle decoration together – we will be doing this at

Noah’s Ark Toddler group on 6th December, 9.30am

and at Youth Club on Friday 9th December, 5pm.

Christmas film evening, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm.

This is such a great Christmas film, with a wonderful message to us all! If you’ve never seen it – come and watch it with us, and see if George wins the day, and Clarence gets his wings. Popcorn and atmosphere provided, as we will watch it in the church on our big screen. All the family welcome, and bring your own treats to enjoy with the film.

Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 22nd December at 6pm.

The Baptist Church will be decorated, tree up, candles along the pews and this service is that wonderful Christmas experience of hearing the readings of the Christmas story, and singing the traditional carols we all know and love. Its one of those things to do at Christmas that just feels right! We end with tea/coffee and mince pies for all, so hope to see you there.

Christmas Eve open house at the Manse, 59 Roman Way

Justine and Ian Fowler would like to cordially invite you to drop in, say hello, share the seasons best wishes and Christmas chat over a drink and mince pie at their home. All welcome to drop in!

Christmas Day family service 10.30am, bring a fun present to share.

We have a fun, lighthearted, short service to celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas day. Pop the turkey in the oven, and come join us with your favourite present to show!

Finally, we are planning to start a new Alpha course in January, and if anyone would like to come along, and hear and ask some of those questions in life, we would love to hear from you! Just contact Rev Ian Fowler (07906 518316) or come along to any of our December events listed and let us know. Wishing everyone a very happy christmas!