July the 4th is Independence Day in the USA. It was also Independence day for the people of Bradford North Circuit. Holiday at Home descended once again on St. Andrew’s Church. This year, we had more guests than ever before.
We had new guests from Baildon, Saltaire and St. Andrew’s.
Monday 4th July
The day began with everyone getting to know one another. The Agape area was soon buzzing with conversation. Vast amounts of cakes, buns etc. along with gallons of tea were consumed.
Shortly after we moved into the church for lunch. Once again our food providers at St Christopher's did us proud. The word DIET was banned for these three days. The fresh cream trifle was to die for. We also care for our helpers!
After Lunch we enjoyed games. Believe it or not, Snakes & Ladders was popular.
Tuesday 5th July
This was the day of the adventure. Off we went to Helmsley. Were we interested in this historic town? No. What we wanted were Fish & Chips!
Wednesday 6th July
We were entertained in the morning by Carol W, who took us through an adventure in poetry, which involved humour, caving and other events. We were challenged, as she asked us to shout out words about how we felt. Over lunchtime, she made up a poem about Holiday at Home, using our words.
After lunch Ken Romano entertained us wonderfully. Then we finished Holiday at Home for another year with a short communion service.
Throughout the day Jenny H and her daughter brought much needed relief to the guests with their pampering (massage).
I would especially like to thank all the wonderful helpers and drivers without whose help Holiday at Home could not take place. This year was our largest year for numbers and new guests, for which I am truly thankful.
There will be a celebration day in January 2017, and the full Holiday at Home will be in July 2017 (both dates are to be advised later). We are still looking for new guests and drivers to bring the guests. So if you can help, please contact me.
Thank you for coming and making this Holiday at Home so special. See you next Year.
Circuit Pastoral Co-ordinator