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Holiday Club 2009
Holiday Club this year will be held
Monday 3 - Friday 7 August for children aged from 5 to 11. The theme
this year is Show Stoppers which has a theatrical theme. As usual the club
will be organised and run by many members of the church and the good news
of Jesus Christ will be shared at each session. There will be a wide
variety of different activities and games for the children including the
usual games evening, fish and chip supper and lots of biscuits and ice
cream! The cost is £1.50 per day.
Burton Big Band and Barbara Taylor will
be at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock on Wednesday 23 September at
7.30pm raising funds for St Giles Hospice. Tickets are £9.
Firm Foundations 09 - Report by Jonathan
Firm Foundations is a yearly camping weekend at the Boys' Brigade
Headquarters in Hemel Hempstead. Starting on the Friday immediately before
Summer Half-term and ending on the bank holiday Monday, it is a long
weekend packed with fun and action. With many activities, discussions and
worships, there is something for everyone to do. We can always rely on
Britain to give us bad weather, but camping is always great fun! From the
moment you put your things in the tent to the moment you get in the car,
soaking wet, ready to go home, the whole trip is an experience worth
There is worship every morning and evening, with a great band to lead and
many fun and games throughout. After that, there are many 'seminars'
throughout the day which are basically group discussions and talk about
various hot topics, there are paying courses for football, volleyball,
canoeing, abseiling and much more, held on the large fields within the
grounds. There is always time for a game of Frisbee or cricket, and there
is plenty space for football on the tarmac pitch. At the beginning it is
very overwhelming, but soon you get used to the friendly atmosphere and
the general bustle of the place. We often played sports near our camp,
always being careful not to hit other tents, and relaxed on camping chairs
drinking Coke and eating crisps, discussing the things we had done and
deciding what we were going to do.
This year there were two main worship venues, imaginatively named V1 and
V2. Each had a service each morning and evening, and each hosted a number
of excellent bands of a range of styles. There is also a cocktail bar, a
souvenirs shop, a snack bar and a food shop, where many interesting things
are sold, including CDs of the worship bands and other visiting bands,
books, Bibles, T-shirts, cold drinks and many other funky things. Everyday
there were three films shown free in the Reel-2-Real centre, where many
seminars were also held, as well as at least four bands in the service
venues on each of the two full days.
The worships were great fun. It started by some general fun and games,
various competitions and “You've been slimed!.” This consisted of texting
throughout the day 'SLIME' and then the person name. The two people with
the most votes competed to see who would be 'slimed' – bobbing for fudge
in a foul mixture of various disgusting foods. Then sang some songs with
the band, followed by some short testimonies by various people.
I really enjoyed going to Firm Foundations Camp, both in 2008 and 2009,
and I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to have a great time.
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