To make contact with any of the groups below please use the details listed under ‘Contact’ or by clicking here
The Banner Group
We are a small group who only meet when there is a Banner actually in the making. Our banners are designed, sewn, embroidered and put together using mainly recycled materials. Themes are determined by the Celebrations and Outreach of our Christian Faith.
Our Banners are displayed in rotation in the Sanctuary and ancillary buildings, to support worship and speak to everyone using the premises.
Christian Aid is an international development charity who work with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries to eradicate poverty.
Here at Woodlands we support the main fundraising Christian Aid week every year in May – donation envelopes are distributed on Christian Aid Sunday, along with prayer cards, and we have a band of volunteers who put their faith in action and help distribute and collect envelopes house-to-house.
During Lent, we distribute a Christian Aid “Count your blessings calendar”, giving thanks and celebrating the good things in life with thought-provoking reflections. The Christian Aid website is full of useful information and resources.
We have created a community garden for everyone to enjoy, young and old, sighted and visually impaired, able and those with mobility difficulties.
Our community garden uses the lovely green space at the rear of the church and started in 2014. We now have eight raised beds for fruit and vegetables, 14 fruit trees and work on a sensory garden is almost finished. This has been funded with grants from the RHS, Harrogate Borough Council, the Sir George Martin Trust, Bettys and Taylors, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Leeds Extension project, an Engage Mutual Foundation Community Award, and money raised through donations, Foresight and our community events.
We are also taking part in Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild project which encourages people to plant native wildflowers in community spaces. Local sixth formers have worked with scientists to work out whether planting plug plants, sowing seed or spreading green hay, has the greatest effect on increasing biodiversity of plants and insects in the garden.
If you would like to join in, visit anytime or come to our gardening afternoon on the last Sunday of every month from 2-4pm where we have refreshments, gardening jobs and children’s activities and Wednesday mornings from 9-10am.
For more information, use the contact us link to send a or check out our facebook group
TOAST is our drop in for parents and carers on the school run, meeting on Friday mornings 8.45am to 10am during term time.
Parents, grandparents and other carers are welcome to join us for hot drinks, toast and plenty of chat! We have play, toys, juice and toast for your preschooler children.
We run seasonal crafts for our younger visitors, and in the summer we take ourselves outside on the grass for water play and to enjoy the sunshine. We link up with Willow Tree Primary and Nursery School’s PTA to run some joint TOAST sessions during the school year.
TOAST is also an opportunity for parents to talk to the church family at Woodlands. We have a couple of members of staff at each session which allows someone to be available to listen as the need arises. Our staff have undergone safeguarding training and are DBS approved. The Church is also open for private meditation and prayer during each TOAST session.
For more information contact us or just pop in any Friday morning in term time.
Woodlands was opened in 1964 and we celebrated 50 years of our church in 2014.
Our Ladies Circle was founded in 1967, 3 years after our church was opened. Ever since the start the program has been of interest to all ladies whether they be church members or not. So much so that we still have a few of those original members.
We run on alternate Wednesdays, through the summer months.
We have news speakers introducing interesting subjects and favourite speakers who come back again. We are usually 2 dozen or so ladies at each meeting and new members are always welcome. At each meeting we have a stall selling toiletries, stationery, and home made jams.
Do come along, you will be made most welcome.
Messy Church is having a break for the time being.
Church with a difference based on creative activities, games, refreshments and celebration, all based on a biblical theme. Lots of fun and chatter!
Messy Church meets monthly on a Wednesday afternoon straight after school in the Large Hall (about 9 times a year as some months are missed due to Easter, Summer holidays, etc.). The time is approximately 3.15pm-4.30pm.
Our aim is to help children encounter Jesus, and want to know more about him, in a relaxed and informal environment. Children 4-11 years and accompanying parents, family or carers are warmly welcomed.
Monday Evening Group
We are a Bible Study Group and meet once a month, usually the first Monday in the month, at 7.30pm.
We have read and enjoyed many different Biblical topics, giving us a greater understanding of the old and new testaments. Sharing our learning with good friends makes our evening together very special. You are very welcome to share an evening with us!
Families and young people play a vital role within our church community at Woodlands and at Sunday School we aim to explore ways of helping our children to develop and grow in their faith and to learn how their beliefs relate to the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.
We welcome all children, from 0 – 16, to join us at our 10.30am service on Sunday mornings. Sunday School is organised into Creche (0-3 years), Juniors (4-10 years), and Seniors (up to age 16).
Sunday School runs weekly from the beginning of September until the end of the school year in July. The first Sunday of each month is our Celebration Sunday where we all worship in church together. On all other Sundays, we worship together in church for the first 20 minutes, then we go into our Sunday School rooms to learn more about our faith through a bible lesson and a range of interactive, age-appropriate activities, including toys & games, arts, crafts, singing, drama and lots of discussion. We aim to inspire the children to explore and develop their faith in a safe, fun and stimulating environment.
Each year we are also involved in a number of additional events such as our annual Nativity play, carol singing, our Sunday School summer outing, Circuit Sunday School, Pulse (for ages 11+) and various fundraising events. For further information see the Sunday School page or contact us.
For the littlest of children and those soon to be born, please take a look at the Cradle Roll page.
WoW (Woman of Woodlands)
Wow is the short form of Women of Woodlands, a social group for women aged 18+ with a connection to the church either through the community Garden, Brownies, Sunday School or just church family. We are all women who are juggling work, children and home life and WoW group allows us to take some time out for ourselves on a monthly or ad hoc basis. Activities enjoyed so far include: a swap evening, board games, Christmas meal out, china painting, theatre visits and a summer walk. We are always open to suggestions!
If this sounds like the kind of group you would be interested in joining please contact the church
New House Group
A new 8 session House group will start on Thursday 21st September in Burdock Close. It will be mainly on Thursday mornings with coffee at 10am then a 10.30am start and run for about 2 hours.
The location of the house is near the No 3 Jennyfields bus-route from town which runs every 15 minutes, but will try to arrange lifts if needed.
We will use the book “Seasons of my Soul” Conversations in the second half of life. Each session is a unit so you do not have to attend every one.
We have a small core of interested people but would love more to join us!
If you are interested please contact the church or click this link to send a query.
Hoping to hear from you!
WoW – Bible Study
Once a month on a Thursday evening some members of WOW group have been gathering together to ‘read scripture’. We are following an online course of the same name, which directs us to read a section of the Bible, before meeting to watch a teaching video and have a discussion about relevant issues. If any one wants to join us on the sofa, then we settle down with our tea/coffee and biscuits at around 7pm. The videos are interestingly presented and very enlightening! If you miss a meeting you can catch up online! All are welcome. The group will be meeting on September 27th, October 25th and November 22nd, this term. All are Thursday evenings and all start at 7pm. There will be no meeting in December.
If you are interested please contact the church or click this link to send a query.
Our inter generational breakfast club meets on Fridays in term time 8.10am -8.45am. We use food waste from Lidl and Booker to stop it going to landfill and fresh produce from the community garden. Ten year 6 children from Willow Tree Primary school help serve the food to ten grandparent-aged breakfast guests. The club has received a grant from North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities fund. We have a great team of volunteers who help cook, set up, wash up and tidy away.
Our aim is to give everyone a positive start to the day and give people of different ages the opportunity to have conversations and yummy food!
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