We had a great summer in 2009! Here are just some of the things we were involved in, providing opportunities for people to discover God and have a lot of fun doing it…
WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT PENTECOST?
Saturday 30 May 2009
Mark and Julie spent an afternoon outdoors at St Peter’s Church Addingham, working alongside Otley Deanery Youth & Children’s Network (now Otley Christian Resources Hub) on their all-age Pentecost event. Mark led drum workshops, pulling together a scratch ensemble to play in the worship, and Julie dressed up to tell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian to visiting family groups, helping 200 people to hear about and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit…
The Zephaniah staff team, and lots of their friends, headed off to a field in Burnsall to help Mark and Lydia celebrate their 30th birthdays in style at their very own summer festival. Alongside the Drakes themselves, the bill included John and Cath, Julie, and lots of Zeph friends, taking light into a field in the glorious Yorkshire Dales!
Almost 200 guests joined John, Mark, Julie and friends for the launch of John’s second children’s album in Bradford Cathedral at the beginning of July. Musicians Lydia, David, Alex, Liz, Andrew, Ruth, Cath and Esther helped provide a fantastic ninety-minute praise party, singing new songs alongside old favourites. It was great to see groups of children from some of the schools featured on the album, plus some children’s groups from Bradford churches, and lots of families and friend, all singing their hearts out – and we think God was probably joining in!
While John manned the Zephaniah stand at the Yorkshire Baptist Association assembly, Julie and volunteer Helen went to Riddlesden, near Keighley, working with Riddlesden Churches Together to run their stand at the annual gala. Helped by Rev Alf Waite and a team of volunteers, they offered free craft activities to children and families. Passers-by were also invited to think about what they would ask God if they could ask him anything and write their questions on the Big Question board. The responses ranged from silly to sublime and meaningful contact was made with more than fifty local families/residents.
SHOWSTOPPERS HOLIDAY CLUB Monday 27 to Friday 31 July 2009
2009’s holiday club turned out to be a classic, with lots of fun and laughter! Using Scripture Union’s Showstoppers material, the theatrical theme used the performing arts to explore God’s Big Plan, through five key Bible stories – Creation, David & Goliath, Daniel & the Lions’ Den, Christmas, and Easter. A significant number of new faces arrived alongside the regular holiday club attenders, setting a new generation of Shipley’s children on their Zephaniah journey as one generation began to outgrow the club – and move onto volunteering!
And that was just one summer! You can fit a lot into 20 years!
Join us to celebrate and give thanks on Saturday 22 March, when we’ll be singing our hearts out to God in Bradford Cathedral once again!