‘Thank you so much. This really is my holiday for the year’. This was what one of our guests said as she left Yateley Baptist Church last Thursday afternoon.
For the third year running we have been able to organise an event for some of our elderly folk in the community who have little opportunity to have a holiday of their own.
Our theme this year was the Queen’s 90th birthday. On Tuesday and Thursday, we had a structured programme of activities, which included making celebration banners, paper crowns and decorating crown-shaped biscuits, a quiz, and an illustrated talk on the voyage of the Golden Hind. After lunch, we took them to Hedgecroft Sheltered Housing in Yateley, where we joined some of the residents for a short service.
On Wednesday we took them to the Windsor farm shop for coffee, followed by a boat trip on the Thames from Runnymede, and then for lunch in Old Windsor.
On Thursday we were entertained by Steve and Sandra Piggott from Horsham, who brought us a ministry in song, and we enjoyed a sing-song of patriotic songs followed by a short service.
In good British tradition, we finished off with our own indoor street party, scones, jam and cream and a cake, cut by one of our guests who had recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
The effort and work involved in holding these events is more than compensated for, by the appreciation and gratitude so often expressed by our guests. As Christians, it gives us the opportunity to tell them about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray in his time these dear folk would be counted among those who will be guests at the wedding feast of the Lamb.