What is CUR:ve?
Many Upper Rissington residents will be familiar with CUR:ve and its story.
Actually, the question should really be ‘Who are CUR:ve?’, because CUR:ve stands for Church in Upper Rissington: valuing everyone. But it’s church as people, not as a building. It all began when development of the village first started, and three local churches (St Lawrence with Clapton and the Rissingtons, Bourton Baptist Church, and Westcote Methodist Church) recognised that there was no church presence in Upper Rissington, and very few community activities.
Working together, in September 2007 the three churches set up a monthly community café, held on a Sunday morning in the old Village Hall and offering residents the opportunity to meet other people from within the village. CUR:ve became an independent registered charity in 2012 (Charity no: 1149193) and employment of full-time Sport & Community workers enabled us to establish and support a number of community activities. Meanwhile, as more people moved into the developing village, the monthly café led to the weekly Sunday gatherings and mid-week activities which CUR:ve now offers.
From the beginning of this year, CUR:ve has been meeting in the new Village Hall. Our Sunday gatherings are relaxed and informal, designed to be as welcoming as possible, particularly for those who may never have attended church before. Refreshments are available on arrival (and throughout!), and we combine times of praise and worship with bible-based teaching series, children’s activities, the sharing of communion, and bring-and-share lunches.
During the week, smaller groups meet socially to pray, to study the bible, and to serve the community in different ways. At present we are running a weekly Alpha course enabling people to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. We continue to be supported by the three churches who originally came together to establish CUR:ve and they remain actively involved in our development and activities.
If you would like to know more about CUR:ve visit http://curveweb.org for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.