What is Oasis?
Although the literal meaning of an ‘oasis’ is a green spot in the desert, it is also be used to describe a refuge or haven, a peaceful place in our everyday busy and stressful lives.
This is the idea behind Oasis at Bookham Baptist Church, which takes place every 2nd Friday of the month, between 2-4.30pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed to cover the costs of treatments and materials.
There is a warm welcome with refreshments and home-made cakes and a chocolate fountain; a place to sit and chat with friends and a chance to get a hand, head or neck and shoulder massage or to get your nails done, whilst the Oasis team keep an eye on the children with crafts and games.
With a fantastic number of primary school children now coming between 3.30-4.30pm, we have just started an Oasis especially for them during this hour- with their own pampering, refreshments, talk and craft in a separate room; to allow for a calming atmosphere and a few extra moments of respite for mothers/carers of young children to continue in the main hall.
“Oasis gives me a little break from looking after my 1 year old and is a real treat every month. Coming here gives me a strong feeling of belonging to our local community and a chance to talk to some of the other mums and local residents. I love the relaxed atmosphere and getting pampered.
It’s a lovely place to invite friends to.” Visitor
“I love having the opportunity of coming somewhere once a month where there are people to talk to of every generation. It’s also great to have somewhere where children are made welcome! .. It helps with my sanity… You always get a personal welcome! I really looking forward to a bit of ME time every month.” Visitor
At Easter and Christmas we hold an adult-only Evening Oasis 7-9.30pm instead, where, for a small entrance fee, you can enjoy the pampering, chocolate fountain and chat over drinks and nibbles, as well as trying your hand at a variety of seasonal crafts. Let us pamper you next month!