Social Activities


Details of our occasional social activities, meals, parties, concerts and outings are listed below.
We also have a regular coffee hour and time to chat after the Sunday service each week.

London Playback Theatre: ‘Choices and Decisions’
Friday 18th January from 7.30pm

Playback Theatre came to Essex Church several times in 2018 and we are delighted to welcome them back in 2019. Veronica says: ‘It’s been a privilege for myself and my London Playback Theatre team to come to Essex Church with these performances. We have offered several in past years too. And then my other Playback Theatre team – True Heart Theatre – came here for regular performances until I retired the team in June 2016. The original purpose of Playback Theatre is in direct service to the community…. So creating these opportunities here feels in absolute alignment with our mutual commitment to taking practical action for generating personal/social/political transformation in this troubled world we live in. We do this by inviting us all to remember our own selves – in our wholeness: our experiences in everyday life as well as our special moments never to be forgotten or even memories hidden until that time with us. And by listening deeply as a performing team, we use the power of theatre art as a way to mirror back – and honour – those stories which have been shared in the public space. So as an audience member you are not in the spotlight unless you choose to put up your hand to share something. And if you just come to watch you will anyway be engaged in the whole experience as friendly witness… and there is always the lovely tea/coffee and yum yums (biscuits and savouries tidbits) that is available after the performance to encourage everyone to stay and have on-going friendly conversations!’

Trip to Osterley Park
Saturday 19th January 2019, time TBC

Estelle says: I’m working as a volunteer at Osterley Park in North West London and wonder if you’d like to visit there either for a walk in the grounds and/or a trip to see the silverware exhibition in the house. It does cost 9 pounds to visit the house and garden but the wider grounds are free and there is a good café for lunch. I know some people have National Trust membership which allows free entry. Let me or Sarah our minister know if you would like to join us and we’ll make a plan based on those who want to attend. Sarah can offer lifts in her car (

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance
Sunday 10th February 2019 from 2-5pm

Join us for a tea dance with social dancing and actual tea and cake! Come and enjoy a gentle afternoon learning some basic social dancing steps with Rachel who can teach even the most left-footed people (there will be a beginners dance lesson at 2.15pm). This is an inclusive event for anyone including LGBTQI+ people and we ask that everyone is respectful to each other. The partnering at this tea dance is gender-neutral, meaning anyone can lead and anyone can follow, and we are completely body positive. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and has gender-neutral toilets. We ask you not to wear high heels as we need to protect the floor! You are invited to bring your own home-made cakes (clearly labelled), to raise money for our nominated charity, Stonewall Housing. At previous dances we have had a good selection of teatime treats including some vegan options.

Tickets: £15 on the door (free entry to members of Essex Church).

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Read more about our tea dances (and see more photos) on our tea dance page.