Monday, May 23, 2011

Seal Youth Group

The first meeting of the newly remodelled Youth Group took place yesterday. We have met together sporadically up until now (and regularly during the Sunday service on the first and second Sundays of the month), but now Nicky Harvey has taken it in hand, along  with some helpers, and arranged something every month, usually on the fourth Sunday afternoon of the month. You can find more details of the programme here. Any young person is welcome (over about 8ish). Nicky has permission letters, which must be filled in by a parent or guardian. You can contact her on 01732 457118.
Here are some pictures of the fun, games and cake yesterday...

Some of the girls found an easier way of tackling the "run around the stool" challenge. Top marks for ingenuity, even if the "stool on the head" is never likely to catch on as elegant headwear!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Christian Aid week

It's Christian Aid week. Thank you to all our collectors, and to Sally Thompson who has coordinated the collection. Here's a couple of videos to tell you what all that footslogging and doorknocking and tin rattling is about. The first video features some of those who collect in Sevenoaks, as well as film of the particular project which is the focus of this year's appeal, the Soppexcca, a coffee cooperative in Nicaragua.

And here's an interesting reflection from the Church Mouse blog comparing the "grass-roots" and often low key Christian Aid week collecting with the high profile of Children in Need. Christian Aid raised £15 million last year. Children in Need, with all the razzmatazz surrounding it only managed a little more - £18 million. It just shows what wecan do, with just the resource of willing people, if we really want to.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Confirmation congratulations!

Congratulations to Paul, Vicky and Brian, members of our congregation at Seal who were Confirmed at a service at Sundridge Parish Church yesterday afternoon. The service was splendid (with trumpets!) and there was a wonderful sense of celebration as the candidates (20 in total, from Sundridge and Ide Hill as well as from Seal), Here are a couple of photos - thank you Paul, Vicky and Brian  for these.

Paul, Vicki and Brian after the service.

Paul with Bishop James

Vicky and Brian with Bishop James