This week the Church Centre was transformed into a seaside esplanade complete with a real sand beach & shells. No effort was spared in preparing the church as the venue for our first ‘Holiday from Home’ event for those aged 60+ who might not otherwise be able to get away. It proved to be a very full day but at an appropriate, leisurely pace.
Starting with registration, refreshments and plenty of time to get comfortable & settle. The event started formally with a welcome message from Keith, our compere for the day, and a prayer from our former Minister, Rev. Chris Bell, before a puppet show exploring the place, purpose & importance of the Lord’s Prayer, which was well received with a few chuckles along the way. The schedule proceeded with a trip down memory lane courtesy of an illustrated local history presentation given by Dennis Lovett. Then it was time for some background music and a break before lunch. I’m surprised anyone had room for lunch as cake & popcorn had been available during the morning session.
Lunch arrived right on time (phew!) and we were all treated to a delightful fish & chip ‘supper’, evoking further memories of summers past. After another short break and a chance to stretch our legs as needed, it was time to move off to the optional activities which included a craft activity, a memories group and a chair-based exercise group. All proved very popular.
After further refreshments, and more cake, it was time to close with a sing-song. Everyone was pleasantly exhausted after a wonderful day. The smiles told the story.
“Thank you everyone for giving us a lovely day…”
The event was inspired and organised by Jenny Davis, Parish Nurse, with help from almost 20 friends from the church fellowship (& beyond), and the support of Crosslinks.