Our churches are more than bricks and mortar. St Thomas's and St James's are at the heart of our communities and serve them throughout the year with a variety of events to which all are welcome, whether they are regular worshippers or not - here are just some of them. Restrictions due to COVID-19 mean that our events are currently postponed.
Summer and Christmas Fayres
Two of the most popular community events are the Summer and Christmas Fayres which are normally held in St Thomas's Church. The summer event takes place in July with the Christmas Fayre following in the early part of December. Both see the church packed will stalls selling everything from locally produced organic fruit and vegetables, cakes and plants to raffle tickets and even a nail bar. The Christmas Fayre includes a traditional visit from Father Christmas.
The Summer and Christmas Fayres are important sources of fundraising for the churches and provide an opportunity for the community to come together under one roof.
The Murton Barbecue takes place each July in the grounds of Murton Hall, courtesy of Professor and Mrs Waddington and attracts visitors from Osbaldwick, Murton and the surrounding areas. A sumptuous barbecue with local sourced produce is washed down with wine, beer and soft drinks. Often local musicians will play into the evening whilst people eat, drink, chat and even dance. There are traditional games to keep children entertained and plenty of marquee shelter in case the weather is unkind.
Lunches and Teas at St James's
The kitchen extension at St James's as part of the Murton Centenary project has enabled the now much anticipated Murton Spring and Autumn lunches to become quickly sold out events. These are interspersed with afternoon teas and even a New Year's Day breakfast for those who are up and about.