Youth Zone Boat Trip
A group of youngsters were lucky enough to be invited out on a boat trip with the Maritime Volunteer Service on Saturday!
They met at Sovereign Harbour on a gloriously hot and sunny morning, then walked around the Marina to where the ‘East Sussex 1’ and her crew waiting for them. After a safety briefing and donning life jackets, the boat headed towards the first bridge and waited to enter the lock. When the lock was full (including some very impressive sailing boats), the gates shut so that the water level could drop and then away they sailed!
‘The East Sussex 1’ headed West and, to great their excitement, each of the children were given the chance to take the helm… upon reaching Cuckmere Haven they turned about and headed for home, where they had to wait patiently as the lock was very busy!
The children had an amazing time – thanks to the Maritime Volunteer Service and Neil Hunter and Dan Saxby for organising the outing.
Youth Zone also gathered later the same day for their Summer Social – for more information and pictures visit the Youth Zone page.
ABCs – Teddy Bears Picnic
If you went down to the woods last week, you were sure of a BIG surprise!
Lots of children, parents and teddies came to join us at our annual Teddy Bears Picnic. We had a lovely morning – the sun shone, the children ran around happily and had fun climbing and playing in the swing. Lyn brought along her parachute for some games, then Michelle led everyone in a very interactive rendition of “We’re going on a bear hunt” – then, most importantly, we all sat together to eat our picnics. During the morning the children also had chance to go on a real bear hunt – some pictures of teddies were lost near the picnic area, when the children found one, they could exchange it for a yummy teddy bear treat!
Here are a few more photos…
Men @ HPC Social
Men at HPC had great evening out at the driving range in June – testing their golfing prowess and enjoying each others company – and then (of course) a drink and a meal in the clubhouse. Apparently most of them managed to hit most of the balls most of the time!
Church Weekend Away
Over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend approximately 100 of our Church family enjoyed a weekend away to Coldharbour Meadows (just 10 minutes away for most of us!). Based in beautiful surroundings, the weekend included worship, teaching, time for fun and relaxation, fantastic food, and lots of time together as a church family seeking God.
Friday – campers (around 60 adults and children) arrived in the afternoon and set up their tents, then enjoyed a brief welcome meeting whilst the catering team were busy preparing a delicious meal of sausage casserole (we could smell the onions frying whilst we pitched our tents!).
Saturday – after an early start, breakfast was served and then ‘day-visitors’ arrived in time for the first of four teaching sessions. We were blessed to have Rev Dave Fenton leading our teaching sessions entitled ‘Growing with God’ and taking us on a whistle-stop tour of Nehemiah. We considered the faithfulness of Nehemiah and his spiritual passion to see Jerusalem rebuilt. We saw that through persecution and economic trials, Nehemiah led a people who learned to rely on God. Everyone was involved in the work of building the wall and working together they all played their part. We were encouraged to consider how we will serve God and each other at HPC. The children enjoyed their own teaching programme in the new marquee – led by Lyn, Rory and David R.
During the day there was plenty of time for tea & cake,a ploughman’s lunch, games (stilt-walking, table tennis, cricket, kubb, & other ball games) walks or sitting and sunbathing. The children had great fun getting wet on the slip and slide, and many adults (as well as some children) enjoyed a glass relief workshop with Jazz! In the evening we had a fish and chip supper delivered and then finished off the day with singing songs around a roaring campfire (with lots of fun, albeit slightly reluctant, audience-participation!), followed by hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
Sunday – yet another early start, then breakfast before the campers began to pack up… we all returned to HPC for the morning service before returning to the campsite for a ‘bring and share’ lunch (around 100 people). There was time to relax, play games and enjoy the sun… and the weekend finished with a final teaching session and in fellowship around the Lord’s table.
Many thanks to everyone that was involved with helping make it such a fantastic weekend.
If you missed the weekend, you can hear Dave Fenton’s talks on Nehemiah here…