Easter Holiday Club 2019: The Heroes Academy
More than 60 children joined us for an action packed holiday club. Here is an idea of what we got up to !
Ladies Chocolate Evening
A number of ladies from Oasis, Pulse and ABCs spent an evening
eating making chocolate truffles and getting to know each other better…
Susie had prepared the truffle mix in advance so the ladies could concentrate on creating their works of edible art – with mixed results and some VERY messy hands!
For those not occupied with truffle making, there was a choice of drinks, a chocolate fountain (very popular!) and various chocolate themed quiz sheets – apparently some ladies have degree level knowledge of all things chocolate!
Towards the end of the evening, Kim shared her testimony, growing up in Bermuda (we were a little envious of the photo of her local beach) and how she has grown in her love for Jesus.
Everyone left the evening with a beautiful box of truffles to give to someone special (or keep for themselves!)
This will give you a little taste of the evening (best watched with a bar of chocolate in hand)
Women2Women Gingerbread Evening
Around 60 ladies joined together for a fun evening of friendship, creativity (or mess making, depending on the person!), gingerbread and mulled wine!
Amidst a chaos of gingerbread shapes, split icing bags, sweets, and glasses – Cori gave a brief, but very well-received talk, which you can listen to here.
This is just one of many events organised by the Women2Women group at HPC – keep an eye out for details of events in 2019!
Mens Group Games Evening
In November, a great night of fun and games was enjoyed by about 20 men at Emmanuel.
The focus of the evening was the Scalextric racing (From Bridge Racing which is just one of the groups organised through HPC), which became increasingly competitive during the evening. Some interesting reasons as to why the performance of some drivers was not as good as they expected were provided, the main one being equipment failure rather than operator error (a bad workman). Those who came along also enjoyed the chance to play table tennis or pool and listen to a short, but very thought provoking talk by Rory.
Snacks and refreshments were in plentiful supply, as well as expertly cooked pizza. Overall the night was a great success and forms part of the range of activities organised by Men@HPC.
Here at HPC we are blessed to have a talented group of ladies that have made some beautiful seasonal flower arrangements… and we have an artistic baker!
On Saturday evening almost 100 people joined to enjoy a delicious harvest supper (prepared from scratch in the Church kitchen!). This was followed by a talk from John Ibbett
On Sunday Morning many people from the Church Family generously donated food and toiletries – 4 shopping trolleys of goodies were delivered to the Foodbank, which we have been since been informed, is enough to feed 7 families in the local area. Thank You.
Adventure Cruise Holiday Club
WOW! What a week – full of adventure on the high seas! Over 60 children came along to join the Watt family as they travel the six seas (actually the six C’s) – with crafts, games, Bible stories, songs and plenty of drama!
Visit our Holiday Club page for more details of what we got up to – Full of fun and photos!
Holiday @ Home
A few photos from our recent Holiday @ Home – a chance for our older folk to meet together and enjoy each others company, to make new friends and have fun trying some new activities.
There was the time for gentle exercises, jigsaws and games, quizzes and puzzles, quiet reading and plenty of opportunity for chatting and spending time with friends.
Each day there was also a thought for the day and a “light lunch” (which looked and smelled amazing!), on the final afternoon everyone was invited on an outing to a local garden centre for a cream tea!
Women 2 Women Pimm’s and Pudding evening
Nearly 50 women gathered in the Vicarage garden for our annual Pimm’s and Pudding evening. We were blessed with good weather, which made for a very pleasant evening of good food and drink, and great conversation. Just as it says on the tin, the supply of puddings was ample, and the major food groups of chocolate, fruit, cream and pastry were all well represented!
Liz from All Souls Eastbourne spoke to us, sharing something of her life as a wife and young mother, and the importance Jesus has in her life.
Oasis Summer Outing
…at Sharnfold farm, enjoying fellowship and cake in the sunshine after a term studying Nehemiah together!
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…