A holiday club with a difference
Sandylands Methodist Church in Cumbria held a Holiday Club with a difference in the summer of 2015. The club was for the over 60s with different activities during the day including table tennis, card making, flower arranging, dominoes, gentle exercise, and an intro to computing. One of those who attended the day said ‘Thank you so much for a wonderful taster for your activities and introduction to your church. Everybody was so welcoming and helpful. Lunch was a super treat and we have both enjoyed our time here. I think you have done a wonderful job. A lovely day.’
Co-organisers, Mrs Jenny Goodman said ‘While I was hosting the card-making session, it was lovely to hear frequent peals of laughter from the group who were enjoying table games. Great! Those who made things to take home seemed really chuffed with their achievements’.
There are many elderly people in the Sandylands are who are isolated, lonely, infirm or simply don’t have anything to be involved in. Although this was the first ‘over 60s’ Holiday club, the church does run a weekly club for those over 60 which includes board games and refreshments. Jonny Gios the Church’s Community Worker and HOPE practitioner said, ‘it was fantastic to see so many new faces we haven’t seen before, it goes to show that there are many more people we can be reaching, as we strive to share God’s love in Sandylands’.
During the day the church shared a ‘thought for the day’ with Jonny and Rev Wendy Thornton to get those who attended to think about ‘journeying’. Lunch was provided for all those who attended and the day was completely free of charge. "We want not only to fill a need within our community but also to bless our community"
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