SEA WEEKEND – Saturday and Sunday 7/8th July
I am attaching a few bits of information and selected photos which will hopefully indicate what happened at our very first Sea Weekend at Withernsea Methodist Chapel.
The very first ‘Sea Weekend’ took place during the weekend of the 7th and 8th July.
Many Church members contributed to the event which aimed to show how our local community supports and celebrates living by the sea. Saturday featured day-long activities in the Community Room where local organisations and schools had displays and stands, indicating their relationship with the coast. A local artist worked throughout the day and young people were also encouraged to join Sister Denise Creed in making sea-related craft items. Refreshments were available throughout the day. Our local RNLI in-shore Lifeboat parked outside the Chapel and many of the crew helped small children to climb aboard and see how the equipment was used in an emergency.
The Withernsea Worship Group put together a wonderful Sea Sunday Service, surrounded by sea-related items that had been supplied by members and refreshments in the Community Room followed this. There was an additional opportunity to see the displays from the High School, showing the pupils’ written and artistic responses to the theme.
Our links with our local Community are very important and the success of the weekend encouraged us to consider presenting another Sea-related weekend in the future.
Withernsea Churches Together manned a Messy Gazebo over 3 days 12noon-4pm at the annual WITHFEST in August. We had about 18 crafts that we did in rotation every 20 minutes (3 an hour) so most crafts were done twice over the three days. We also had someone who did Bible stories with puppets. The Gideons gave us free Bibles to distribute as appropriate.
We used the large Good Friday Cross and asked each child who came to write a luggage label with first name, age and place they came from. On the back we wrote what craft they did. If they came back we added the craft to their label. Over 100 children came! A few did 3 or 4 crafts and came back the next day. The cross was absolutely covered. Our three churches have taken 1/3rd of the names each and are praying for the children.
We were a positive presence on the field, having fun, sharing the Good News – and some parents had a go too especially the rainbow heart craft as it could be made into Christmas decorations and we even had someone wanting to start a Messy Church and came for some ideas.
Sunday Services 10.30am & 6.30pm seating capacity: 120
Prayer Group and Bible Study sessions at various times throughout the year. Please enquire if you are interested.
Friendship Group Meets 2nd Monday of the month in the church lounge at 7.30 p.m.
Flavours drop in cafe. Excellent company & food in the Community Room Tuesday 11a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Worship Group – practices on Tuesday 7.00 p.m. in the church
Lent & Advent Bible Studies are held
Various Social Events are held, see Church notices
Please contact Sister Denise Creed for further details or if you have spiritual concerns or just want a chat. If she is unavailable our Church Stewards are always willing to advise and help. You can be sure of a sympathetic ear in confidence.
The church has a team of pastoral visitors and if you feel you would like to receive visits from them please contact Sister Denise or any of the stewards.
Community use of the premises is welcome. We have a large community room a smaller church lounge and a kitchen, all of which can be booked for hire independently or together.
Rainbows for girls age 5 to 7 Monday starts 5.15 p.m.
Brownies for girls age 7 to 10 Mondays starts 6.00 p.m.
Guides for girls age 10 to 14 Monday 6.45 p.m.
Tuesday 4.30 to 9.00 p.m. and Wednesday 8.30 to 11.00 a.m.
Withernsea Majorettes Wednesday 4.15 to 6.45 p.m.
Withernsea Ladies Choir Thursday 7.30 p.m.
‘Yell and Natter’ for Parents and Toddlers get together on Friday Afternoons 13:00 to 15:30
The Roos Methodist Congregation no longer meet in the Village Memorial Institute but now join with the Anglicans on the first Sunday of each month at All Saints Parish Church.
On alternate first Sundays Methodist Worship is held at the Parish Church for all to join in. On other Sundays some of the congregation worship in other Chapels in the Circuit.