When: 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019
Where: Coldharbour Meadows, Near Hailsham
The Church Weekend Away is always a great opportunity for the whole church family to get away and relax, get to know each other more, to have some fun and most of all to worship and learn more of our wonderful God. This was our 4th year of holding our weekend away and it was great to see so many of the church family gathering together.
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, whilst the catering team were busy preparing a delicious meal (we could smell the onions frying whilst we pitched our tents!).
Saturday – after an extremely long, cold night, breakfast was served and then ‘day-visitors’ arrived in time for the first of four teaching sessions. We were blessed to have John Brook (Associate Vicar of Holy Trinity, Eastbourne) leading us in four teaching sessions, all based on the book of Colossians. We started off by considering the work and pre-eminence of Jesus Christ and finished with “Walking together with Christ”.
We are very thankful that Meg Brook and a team from Holy Trinity also took charge of our children’s programme, where they looked at just some of the reasons that Jesus is Great – which all of the children enjoyed.
During the day there was plenty of time for tea & cake, a ploughman’s lunch, games (stilt-walking, table tennis, cricket etc) 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 workshop with Jazz! In the evening we had a BBQ and then finished off the day with singing songs around a roaring campfire, followed by hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
Sunday – a slightly warmer night (and rather more sleep!), 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.