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Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October 2003

Parish Weekend at Sidmouth

Christian Fellowship away from it all for a few days.

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• Marion's Poem • Services • Labyrinth • Meal times • Serious Moments • On the beach • Recreation • Relaxing •

Sidholme, where we stayed

On Friday 3rd October, eighty three people from the Parish left Cheltenham for our first "Parish Weekend" which we held at Sidmouth in Devon. It was the first time we had tried this kind of fellowship so none of us had any idea how it would work.

Our youngest member was young Benjamin Macauly at eight weeks old and we varied in age from him up to the late eighties - a real cross section of our church. It was great to have fellowship with members of our church to whom we would normally only say hello - as we either entered or left church on a Sunday. The hotel was great with good food, a lovely swimming pool, beautiful gardens and very comfortable accommodation. We had invited Father Martin Warner (the ex-administrator from Walsingham) to lead our spiritual programme and he struck just the right note, enabling everyone to join in in a relaxed and friendly way. There was no pressure to attend session and people were free to do as they pleased. We had fantastic weather and the sun shone throughout the entire weekend. We celebrated compline, early morning prayers and a Eucharist every day and many different people helped with drama, music and art. The children learned about St Francis of Assisi, whose feast we celebrated on the Saturday and they made a theatre with figures telling his story. On Saturday evening we were entertained in many varied and amusing ways, which included magic, songs, poems, a pantomime and several sketches.

It was lovely to have this kind of informal fellowship together and we hope to arrange another weekend for next year. Watch this space to reserve your places.

Marion Beagley


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