Alan, the children and young people took the 4th Sunday of Advent service together. It had snowed heavily the night before but the church was still packed.
This was our first weekend away as a church at Sneaton Castle in Whitby. Martyn Cooling from Oswestry was the speaker and Peter & Marion Dutton from Abergele ran the younger children's work. We had a great time and 64 of us survived each other's company!
Adam Newsham's baptism in the Education Centre quadrangle.
Heather joined 54000 other runners and ran The Great North Run in aid of the Butterwick Hospice. A half marathon - well done Heather!
The Olive Tree GT3 Group sent a team of three folk from the group to encourage our missionaries, David & Christine Dobinson, in Montoro, Spain. Here is some of what they got up to!
Church Mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador 13/08/09 (large 20Mb file)
We sent a team of eight folk to Ecuador for two weeks to work alonside and encourage BMS Missionaries, Peter & Vicki Butcher and their family of four children. The team had a great time serving the churches there and here is some of what they got up to!
Week three of the convention saw a group from church spend a week or part of the week enjoying fellowship, fun and good spiritual food. This was the year Derwentwater overflowed and the flooded campsite was evacuated in the middle of the night by the staff and police!
A Mystery Tour organised by the Poplars GT3 Group plus other folk from church as well. It took us down to Sheepwash and then a meal at East Rounton.
The first ladies away-day Grinkle Park Hotel with Helen Orton and Susan Cooling from Oswestry.
Our second weekend away with Prof. Colin Garner on the Creation v Evolution issue amid all the outdoor stuff!
Another outing organised by the Poplars GT3 group to Thorp Perrow Arboretum. This was a great day out in glorious sunshine!
This was the sponsored walk to raise funds for the Ecuador mission. Two teams walking 35.5 miles each starting at Carlisle and Walls End, meeting in the middle! Some joined in for part of the way and some expired along the way but seven hardy souls walked the whole lot in either 12 (Walls End-easy section!) or 14 hours (Carlisle end-mega hard section!).
Our last training walk for Hadrian's Wall. The 26 mile Scarbro' Rock challenge. Badges for all were won!
A tour round the famous bridge!
The church Easter monday walk along the River Tees from Stockton and back with a picnic at the Tees Barrage.
Penultimate training walk for Hadrian's Wall. A 20 mile stroll round the Kilburn Kanter!
Another 15 mile training walk building up for the Hadrian's Wall challenge round the Bilsdale transmitter. A very foggy day!