Church Away Weekend 2019

Wonderful Weekend at Cloverley Hall (March 15 –17th)

It was warm and welcoming, the food was really tasty and we were well looked after by the very hospitable staff.

About seventy adults and children from All Saints, Madeley and St Margaret’s, Betley, enjoyed this time with thirty people staying for the whole time and another forty who came for the Saturday sessions.

There was plenty of time to relax in the comfortable lounges and just talk, play informal games and enjoy each other’s company. Another room was a quiet place for prayer, places set up to help us pray in different ways about things which were important to us.

Bishop Geoff spoke about how so many find it impossible to pray because they do not see God as approachable, forgiving or protective. He shared stories from his background as a street pastor and prison chaplain, showing how those in the greatest need often find it easy to pray. Some people commented on his talks: Thought provoking, It’s given me a lot to think about, in a good way.

Saturday afternoon for some, was spent in the heated swimming pool, Children paddled inflated swans and there was happy disorganised swimming. A few went for a walk but came back wet through! Others took photos which were made into a thoughtful presentation of the Lord’s prayer at the Sunday morning communion service. Some sang new songs.Another group worked on a Lord’s prayer banner, adding pictures of their own experiences of God to it. Saturday evening was a fun games time.

Fantastic opportunities for children and adults to bond with each other. To escape the world and its pressures for a while…l like chatting to new people … getting to know each other… would like to have stayed longer…We’ll have to do this again … I’d come back in the blink of an eye!

 

 

 

 

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