Minister: Rev Tom Parker
1/ Youth Club
We had a wonderful weekend away in Robin Hoods Bay with not a cloud in the sky from Friday to Monday! Our theme was ‘What’s in your suitcase’ and it was a great theme for us to follow as we travelled by many different forms, minibus, car, train and on foot and a couple on a boat too.
Our activities included the NY Moors Railway, walking at Goathland, Whitby, Boggle Hole and some night time walks, ending on Monday in Dalby Forest.
As the weather was so good there were lots of stops to go in the sea, in streams and generally have fun. As well as craft sessions, a treasure hunt around the village and our annual team variety show on the theme, Steve concluded the weekend with worship when we brought together all we had done and reflected on what we really do need in life – and what you need in your suitcase. Thanks to all those who helped and led the weekend and to all the young people who took part.
2/ Church visit to Densholme Farm
In early June we had a very enjoyable visit to Denholme Farm where Denys Fell and his team welcomed 45 of us from the church and youth club for a tour of the farm and a talk about the fantastic work done there in supporting young people and adults with learning difficulties as well as school visits. We all found it great to link up Denys’ preaching with his mission in life and see the farm itself. We all joined together for a sharing supper afterwards and a time of fellowship.
Thank you to everyone who helped over the Hed Fest weekend. We held three workshops at the church – two on Monday evenings during the youth club and then one on Hed Fest day itself which was set up outside at the front of the church, when a number of families came along to make items for the carnival parade. We also linked up with our own coffee morning that day and then opened The Junction to the public and raised £160 for church funds in the process.
The youth club took part in the parade along with hundreds of others from the community and it was a great event. Many thanks to David Thompson and all those who helped to organise such a big event for Hedon and we were pleased to be able to be part of it. The front of the church became a real vantage point for the parade and it was lovely to see so many people sat outside as the parade came by.
On Sunday 30th of September we celebrated our Harvest festival. The Rev Tom Parker lead the service which was followed by a Harvest Lunch which was attended by over forty people . We would like to thank those who contributed to the meal, but especially to those who gave produce which was distributed to the “Homeless & Rootless project and the “Shore Centre” food bank in Withernsea.
Meeting for Prayer
One of the ideas from our Vision day was to have a time of Prayer before the morning service. As from September 2nd we have been meeting in the lounge area for prayer. Various people have agreed to lead a time of prayer from 9.45 to 10.15 AM and we have encouraged all to join us.
Our fund raising activities have continued throughout the year and have been well supported. The first phase of the refurbishment scheme to open the church to the world and improve the building for worshippers and community users alike is well underway now.
The youth club offers a wide range of actives including guest speakers who have come along to talk about lots of different subjects including charity work, recycling and craft activities.
We have a regular membership of between 15 and 20 children and young people aged from 10 to 16 years of age along with a good team of leaders who have many years of experience as voluntary youth workers. We are well supported by the Hedon congregation, as has been demonstrated recently by the setting up of a knitting group which is run by Joan Redmore which is proving popular.
We see the youth club itself as a facility that the church offers to children and young people in the Hedon area and for those who have an interest, it is an opening for them to become more involved in the church and a Christian way of life. We encourage good behavior and principles and often work in teams of different ages on the activities they undertake.
Each year we have an away weekend, either in the Yorkshire Dales or a more local camping weekend, and this often links with youth worship on a Sunday morning or the week following the week-end itself.
For more information, please visit the Hedon MC Website and click on the youth club pages.