Stoke Poges Men's Group
Time set aside for men to encourage and be encouraged.
A big welcome from the Stoke Poges Men’s Group. If you have not been to one of our events, then please read on to find out what you are missing! During the year we run curry nights, dinners, Saturday morning breakfasts, activity evenings (skittles etc.) and visits to interesting venues. There is something for everyone! We are not an exclusive group but very inclusive and guys from a wide area (not just from Stoke Poges) come along to our events. We are open to everyone – guys of all faiths and none are always given a very warm welcome.
At some of our events we invite a special guest who will give a talk on a specific topic, and during their talk they will usually share something of their Christian faith and how it has guided and influenced them during their lives.
Our group is affiliated to a UK organisation called Christian Vision for Men who run an annual conference for men and support men’s groups throughout the UK.
Men’s “Bring your own Bacon” Breakfast – Saturday 18th July 2020
Covid-19 has stopped us running our normal events, but from Saturday 18th July we will begin running virtual events which you can join from the comfort of your home. Since the lockdown started, many of us have become regular users of those social media platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype, etc. There is another one which is not so well known called Google Meet which provides a range of functions that will enable the men’s group to start running virtual “Bring your own Bacon” Breakfasts.
Our first virtual Men’s Breakfast (on Saturday 18th July) will commence at 9:00am. Our speaker will be Anthony Smith, a guy who grew up in Stoke Poges, brought his own family up in the village and today is the Pastor of a church near High Wycombe. When Anthony was just 2 years old, his father (a GP) joined a medical practice in Slough and moved his family to Stoke Poges. He grew up in a Christian family and went to Gold Hill Baptist Church where he was baptised on Easter Sunday in 1975. When he married, he continued living in Stoke Poges and moved to Slough Baptist Church where he served for a number of years as a Deacon. When the Stoke Poges Free Church was set up, he was a co-leader for 8 years. In his corporate life, Anthony had a successful career, latterly as General Manager of a number of bread factories. He retired early, trained as a Baptist pastor and has been Pastor at Holmer Green Baptist Church (near High Wycombe) since March 2014. In recent years he has also become a Community First Responder for the Ambulance Service. We are delighted that Anthony is able to join us for our first virtual Men’s Breakfast. After his talk there will be a question and answer session and we should finish at approximately 10am.
There will be two more virtual Men’s Breakfasts in the autumn, on Saturday 26th September and on Saturday 21st November. Joining our virtual events will be possible from almost any internet connected device. Once you have booked your place, you will be sent a web link that will enable you to directly connect your device (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, iPad, etc.) to the event. If you do not have access to the internet, you can still join in via your phone (you will be given a phone number and PIN number).
We would be delighted if you could join us for one or all of the events we have planned for the rest of this year. For more information about these events and to book your place, contact Tony or Nigel:
Tony Shortman: 01844-350014 or email: tony-mavis[at]shortman.eclipse.co.uk
Nigel Lowe: 07973-349721 or email: nigel[at]suchlowe.f2s.com
Facebook: If you’d like to join us on Facebook here is the link to our group.