Christ­mas play ‘for all faiths’

Event for the com­mu­nity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A CHURCH has said it is host­ing an al­ter­na­tive Christ­mas play after it pledged to hold more com­mu­nity events.

Bea­cons­field Bap­tist Church, in Bar­ing Road, has in­vited Salt Mine The­atre to per­form Snow Queen on Novem­ber 30 at the Bea­cons­field School, in Wat­tle­ton Road.

The play will men­tion faith, but the church says it will be some­thing any­one with no faith can also watch.

It fol­lows the church’s com­edy event, where rolling around in the aisles with laugh­ter took on a new mean­ing as the church was taken over by a com­edy club.

It also launched a com­mu­nity cafe linked to a food­bank in Holt­spur, which runs ev­ery Fri­day with Churches To­gether.

As­sis­tant min­is­ter Tom Wil­liams says the lat­est event is the church want­ing to give back some­thing to the town.

Most church events have been free, or at a re­duced price by the church.

The Snow Queen car­ries on in the same vein.

Mr Wil­liams said: “It’s not quite Christ­mas but we are ramp­ing up to it.

“It can be stress­ful and ex­pen­sive for fam­i­lies, so we thought this is our way of help­ing.

“The idea of events like this is to just give the com­mu­nity a great event they can come along to.

“It’s for all ages, fam­i­lies can come.”

To make the event more ac­ces­si­ble the church has sub­sidised the tick­ets so they are at a re­duced price.

“Most of our events are free. We couldn’t do it this time, but it is still re­duced prices.

“We most likely will make a loss, but we want fam­i­lies to be able to take their chil­dren and en­joy a show.”

The pan­tomime will have some Christian el­e­ments as Salt Mine The­atre is a Christian company.

He added: “There will be a men­tion of faith but its not so much that nonchurch­go­ers won’t be able to watch it.”



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