Celebrate, part of Tewkesbury Abbey, is a Church community in Priors Park for families and others of all ages. We love to come together in an informal way to have fun, get to know Jesus, grow together in faith, and support and care for each other and for those in our wider community. We meet every Saturday as a whole community and at other times for family events and meet in groups for bible study and at other times just for lunch!
We are an inclusive community where all are welcome. We particularly suit families of all ages as children as always present and fully involved.
Celebrate meets in Queen Margaret School Hall in Priors Park, usually on the second Saturday of each month and at the vicarage at 89 York Road on the other Saturdays.
Celebrate’s Ministers are The Reverend Wendy Ruffle, Pioneer Minister and The Reverend Ed Sauven Pioneer Curate. Church leaders are Ms Sue Kavanagh and Miss Kelly Walker; Worship leader, Mrs Nicole Barnett, Hospitality leader, Mr Trevor Barnett.
Reverend Wendy Ruffle
The Celebrate Community
The Queen's 90th Birthday Party - with Cake!
Celebrate Christmas Celebrations
We had fantastic Christmas Celebrations with our Christmas party followed a week later with our Scratch nativity
Borough Mayor Ruth with her consort Harry 'the Elf'
Celebrate Scratch nativity
Father Christmas comes to Celebrate!
Advent preparations at Celebrate
During Advent we got ready in many ways, from listening to old story’s of John the Baptist around a desert fire to making bug hotels making preparations for the coming spring.
Listening to stories round the fire
Making our very own bug hotel
Celebrate on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve
Finding God in creation… Celebrate had a wonderful service on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve last weekend, lots of fun worshiping in a beautiful spot.
Celebrate at Easter
‘The light of Jesus’ resurrection is so bright it burns away all darkness’
At Celebrate we were writing all the things that make the world a darker place and all the things that fill it with light. Look at what happened to everything we wrote that was dark!
Some Beautiful Easter Gardens being made
Making our own Easter Garden on Good Friday
Celebrate's Easter Garden
Advent Craft at Celebrate School,
fun was had by all.
Can you spot our newest member of the family?
Baby Faith who was just 1 day old!!
The stable under construction!
Some of Celebrate enjoying some Advent crafts together last Saturday
Nativity biscuits that once iced don’t quite manage to get as far as being taken home! Can’t imagine why!!
(The Abbey’s family church on Priors Park)
on November 25th we expressed
our love and thankfulness to
God through writing our own Psalms.
The children also made paper chain psalms
Love is in the air!! What a day of joyous celebration on the 30th of September! Sue and Dave Creek and some of the Celebrate community with family members at the couple’s marriage dedication and blessing in the Abbey. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Creek!.
Worship and marshmallows around the campfire on Saturday evening. We had an amazing display of stars to gaze at too.
Early Sunday morning children's walk whilst breakfast was on the way!
Some of our members from Celebrate think tanking some thoughts following prayers and worship together as to our calling in Priors Park to serve God out in our community.
Ready to head off the cliff!
Rev’d Wendy’s new hair cut! Haha - just kidding!!
Ellie, Lisa-Marie and Pat appreciating some shade!
Celebrate and friends having fun at New Bridge Farm park. 17th August 2017.
Celebrate enjoyed an afternoon of Worship, Barbecuing and Bible journaling (arty stuff with Jesus) together. Al Fresco! We were delighted to welcome Fiona to lead worship with us. 15th August 2017
Esme Gedge joined us and felt led to create an expression of God’s people together in His church where all are invited to belong and experience the love of Christ wherever they come from with freedom to be themselves. Ask Esme more about her picture – it’s full of God’s encouragement!
Worshiping in the garden
Esme's expresion of God's people coming together
This is our story, this is our song. Hosanna in the highest!
Rev’d Ed presiding at our family celebration of communion for the first time today!
Rev’d Ed’s presiding for first time at Celebrate
Rev’d Ed presiding at our family celebration of communion for the first time on Saturday the 22nd July, which was very exciting. We explored how our story meets that of Jesus’ when we break bread. HIs story becomes our story. ‘This is our story, this is our song’.
Celebrate are at New Wine at the Shepton Mallet Showground from 30 July – 5 August 2017.
Our youngest members enjoying some play time together
Washing up after Sue's fab chicken curry
Playing despite the rain
Some of Celebrate at family worship together
Our art with Jesus
2 young people from Celebrate spending time Bible journalling at New Wine
Ice cream and chips time for some of Celebrate on the trip to New Wine
One of God's Awesome warriors!
A very good morning from New Wine
Ready for all that God has for us today!
Our creative communion table as we broke bread together today.
With love from us to you. (It's sunny!!)
Celebrate breaking camp after a fabulous week together at New Wine.
The best way to roll up tents!
The Celebrate community participating in a ‘Listening’ course
Celebrate listening course
The Celebrate community participating in a ‘Listening’ course this July, run for us by Rev’d Pauline Godfrey, the Diocesan Discipleship and Vocations Officer. Our thanks to Pauline, we learned some useful listeningskills as a foundation for further training together. Oh, and it was great fun!!