Church Weekend Away (by Alison Bush)

Here at Trinity we like to mix things up. Our weekend away in 2016 saw us camping, canoeing and cooking pancakes on a BBQ. This year we were hanging out in a lovely hotel in Hampshire (somewhere near Heathrow). There were 35 of us, representing 5 continents and including pre-schoolers, university students, young professionals and ‘proper grown ups’. It’s difficult to summarise a whole weekend, so instead I’ll try to give you a flavour by sharing some of my highlights…

  • Spending time with undergraduate students, hearing about their summers and finding out what lies ahead this term.

  • A post-lunch conversation with two lovely ladies about how we often find it challenging to read the Bible and sharing the things that have helped us to get to grips with God’s Word over the years.

  • Watching various people spin toddlers round on wheelie chairs to make them laugh.

  • Praying together and the relief of sharing burdens with people who really care for you and trust God with you.

  • Discovering which members of the congregation take a game of Ligretto very seriously.

  • Going for a walk around the grounds during creche, finding beautiful fluffy calves and then practising some mooing (for the children’s benefit, obviously).

  • Hearing Bible teaching on ‘Unmasking Sin’ which helped to unfog my view and see how my sin draws me away from God, immediately followed by singing wonderful songs celebrating that Jesus has brought me back through his death.

  • A mass knitting/crocheting session for a church-wide woolly project.

  • Seeing people enthralled by Jesus and praising him; encouraging me to keep going.

I hope that gives you a taste of what was a brilliant weekend away! The planning, prayers and presence of brothers and sisters meant that we were working towards what the apostle Paul describes here - ‘that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ (Colossians 2.2-3)