Bicester’s churches are joining together to put on a week of fun activities for all the town.
Love Bicester 2014 starts with a launch event on Friday at Emmanuel Church, Bure Park, and ends with a family fun day in Garth Park on Saturday, May 31, and a joint celebration service on Sunday, June 1.
The Love Bicester celebrations are being organised by Churches In Bicester, an informal group comprising 11 of the town’s churches.
The group’s aim is ‘to love and serve the people of Bicester’, and this takes many different forms, from taking cake to people moving on to the town’s new Kingsmere estate to organising the week-long Love Bicester celebration.
Friday’s opening celebration takes place at Emmanuel Church, on Lucerne Avenue, from 7pm to 9pm.
Then from 10am to noon on Saturday, the street team are organising creative evangelism events in Sheep Street, led by mission enabler for Love Bicester 2014 Chris Duffett.
Mr Duffett, who is the city centre chaplain in Peterborough, will be running further creative evangelism events in Bicester throughout the week.
At 2pm there’s a Prayer Walk, starting at the convent at King’s End and visiting various churches.
And at 3pm there’s a Women’s Tea Party, with free beauty treatments at Emmanuel Church.
All sorts of activities are taking place during the week, from children’s craft activities to a seniors’ tea with entertainment.
There’s everything from a visit to Bicester Wetlands Reserve, to a Skate Jam for teenagers, a litter pick and a men’s breakfast.
The Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 31, with free activities for all the family is from 1pm to 4pm in Garth Park, after which people are encouraged to go on to Bicester’s Big Lunch in Sheep Street.
For the full programme of events, see www.lovebicester.co.uk