Baptism of Iona Suree Appiah January 2019
Thank you letter from David Bradburn
Dear Elders, Members and Friends of Broxbourne URC,
Wow! What an amazing set of glasses and decanter - with the cross of crosses engraved upon it. It is beautiful. I shall use it and look at it with so many fond memories of years together.
We have had quite a journey and our journeys go on, though no longer on the same tracks. I am sure the tracks have been laid for us by our Lord Jesus - so there is nothing to fear. You have made me welcome, befriended and encouraged me and supported me through difficult times and I wholeheartedly thank you all for that.
May you continue to follow the way of faithful living and bring glory to God through your love,
In His Name,
Marriage of Bob and Lyn 3rd March 2018
We celebrated the marriage of Bob and Lyn Ravenshear on Saturday 3rd March. Lyn entered dancing to the Penny Whistle Jig. The Bride and Groom exited dancing to 'I'm Gonna Be - 500 Miles'. Family and friends all joined in. It was a joyful occasion and we wish Bob and Lyn every happiness.
World Day of Prayer 5 March 2021 - Build on a Strong Foundation
World Day of Prayer (WDP)
‘Build on a Strong Foundation’
written by the women of Vanuatu
With kind permission and a great deal of hard work by the Revd Debbie Hodgson. (Minister at the Methodist Church , Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon) the World Day of Prayer service for 2021 took place locally on March 5th. It was skilfully put together in a Powerpoint presentation and was accessed online. More than 80 people came virtually to the service. 120 service booklets had been delivered, to people with no access to the internet, by the committee members from all the churches in Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and Wormley.
If you missed this service may we encourage you to look at the WWDP website and watch the service from Vanuatu?
Each year a different country writes the service and around 170 countries worldwide hold the same service. All join in a 38 hour Mexican wave of prayer. This year we heard about the lack of health and educational provision in the islands of Vanuatu. Rhetoh, Mothy and Jacklynda shared their painful experiences in growing up, their struggles to access any education, and finding employment in Vanuatu.
Natasha Appiah spoke the words of Mothy.
The service called women, men and children of all ages to ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’ and live in unity, love and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity like Vanuatu, and many other places around the world.
Eighty or so islands make up the Republic of Vanuatu, located in the South Pacific. The black and white sandy beaches, coral reefs with coloured fishes, lovely birds, fruits and nuts in the forest, all make the islands a pristine environment but they are vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes.
WDP – Informed Prayer – Prayerful Action
The World Day of Prayer supports many charities. This year you can donate to WDP work by making a donation via their website: www.wwdp.org.uk or by Text message to 70085 using the phrase 2021WDP and then adding the amount you wish to donate or by writing a cheque to: WDP, Commercial Rd, Tonbridge Wells, TN1 2RR. Thank you.
Next year it is the turn of women from England, Wales and N.Ireland to write the service for 4th March 2022.
Report from YL Camp at Cairn Brae July 2019
YL Camp Report Cairn Brae, 20-26 July 2019
YL Hoddesdon joined with YL Hatfield for a week of fun and adventure from Sat 20 to Friday 26 July 2019. We had 13 teenagers (4 girls and 9 boys) and 3 leaders (Josh Gibson, Dorothy and Stepanka) from Hoddesdon. Hatfield had 4 boys and 2 leaders (Alex and Sam). During their time at Cairn Brae the young people have strengthened their friendships, made new ones and heard more about relationship with Jesus. All of us have been touched by God’s love.
Travel to and from camp went very well. All connections were fine. We have received a very warm welcome when we arrived - with Scottish pipes playing and work crew (including Laura) giving us high 5s as we entered camp.
Dorothy and Stepanka were with our 4 girls in a cabin that they shared with 5 girls and 2 leaders from YL Edinburgh. All girls mixed well together. The facilities were adequate with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen to share between us. Josh, Alex and Sam were with 13 boys in a full cabin with only one bathroom and no hot water. They managed but it wasn’t ideal. We have given feedback.
Other facilities and outdoors
The camp has a wealth of facilities for all to enjoy. A large playing field stretches between the side of the loch and the chalets. There is basketball and an octoball court and lots of balls and Frisbees available. Around the field parameter there is a games tent, craft caravan and plenty of benches where outdoor lunches, lots of chats and games took place.
There is a large loch water front with an inflatable floating trampoline, pedalos and fire pit with fire burning for swimmers to warm up. The focal point consists of several buildings – including a shop, a bothy (space for leaders), kitchen, office and a white tent built on a tennis court called the Swan where we had most of our meals and evening clubs. We were blessed with beautiful weather and an absence of midges.
Summer staff and work crew
We have been amazed how well the whole camp is run! There were program team leaders, Craig and Annelie, who oversaw smooth running of all activities. They also led regular update meetings and devotionals, which were priceless for us leaders. Josh, Kaitlyn and Erik from YL London did an amazing job at entertaining kids at club, introducing themes of team, balance etc illustrated by ping pong, and during different activities. We had a superb speaker, Ali from YL Northern Ireland, who did a talk from the Bible each night.
We were very blessed by all the summer staff and work crew who worked hard to ensure smooth running of camp. They fulfill all sorts of roles in any one day. We could see firsthand how tiring their workload can be and yet they were always smiling. We were very pleased to see Laura, Josh Wilkins, Millie and Harry Bushel all serving at camp!
We were so proud of all of our young people. They were so much fun, were considerate and friendly with everyone. Their feedback on this year’s camp was very positive and all that can go to camp again next year would love to do so.
There is nothing more precious than to see kids giving their lives to Jesus. The preaching was powerfully illustrated and leaders had time and space to have quiet talks with each of their campers. Five of our young people have given/recommitted their lives to Christ at camp and Stepanka has followed up with them about linking them into local churches. Four young people contributed to the YL service at the URC Broxbourne on 11 August.
Our boys won the golden toilet brush in the ‘Cabin Clean Up competition’!!
Quotes: 'Best thing about YL - somewhere to go and have fun with friends!' 'Best thing about camp - dressing up in 50s outfits.' 'Best thing about camp - it's the whole time Fun!' 'Best thing about YL - you make freinds who are like family.' Best thing about camp - my crazy feeling going down the zip line!'
Activities and games
You can never get bored at camp because all the games and activities are so much fun. Our favourite ones were messy games, paddle boarding and going on the 3rd longest zip wire in the UK! Some of our teenagers, but not many, found some of the sports activities challenging but they all had a go and were proud to have faced their fears.
Stepanka and Dorothy were a crocodile and shark in ‘Leaders got Talent’ and were soaked at the end of the obstacle course! Leaders were pied and water bombed at the carnival.
Thanks go to all camp Summer staff and work crew, with a special mention of Annelie, Craig, Erik, Kaitlyn, Josh and Ali.
To Alex and Sam – they took our boys under their wing and loved them. They did an amazing job!
To Josh Gibson – it was so great to have Josh with our kids at camp. They know him well from club and they really benefited from his friendship.
To Dorothy (written by Stepanka) – Dorothy was simply an exceptional leader. Her drive, positive outlook and enthusiasm had no end. Dorothy became YL camp’s legend as the oldest leader that took part in everything they possibly could while encouraging and loving everyone. Having Dorothy leading with me was the best experience ever. She was a friend and a Mum to us and she cared for our every need!
To Stepanka (written by Dorothy) – It was such fun to lead jointly with my friend Stepanka. She threw herself into the activities wholeheartedly. I especially appreciate her talents and caring for cabin discussion and prayer time.
Please pray for new leaders for YoungLife and for the younger group. Wyldlife, so that the club can continue to run and to reach out to teenagers locally. Please also pray that the new Area Director for YL raises enough sponsorship so that she can take up her post soon.
The Next Fundraiser: a Hoe-down at St Cuthbert's on 9 November.