Christmas play ‘for all faiths’
Event for the community
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.”