This year the theme was the end of WW1 and as ever those who took responsibility for flower displays based on the theme made the church look wonderful.
The weekend which coincides with our church’s patronal festival, opened with a service in the church, where we had the seldom heard Horndon School Choir sing a wonderful song.
We had a display outlining the lives that people experienced during WW1 and after and included the 1911 Census and April 1920 Electoral Roll for Horndon to give people an opportunity to look up any ancestors from the period.
There was a marvellous range of musicians throughout the weekend to keep people entertained when they came into the church, while they sat and drank and ate their purchases of tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and savouries.
Outside in the church grounds Horndon Branch Royal British Legion and Thurrock Foodbank had stalls to raise funds and awareness, members of the congregation and their families were running a number of fundraising stalls and for the first time we had an area for families to sit and maybe enjoy some food, which included some games and activities for young children. This did seem to be well received as there are few places for people, especially those with smaller children, to sit away from hub bub. The games and activities were kindly paid for by the Feast and Fayre as part of the overall entertainment for the event.
We would like to thank all who came into the church and bought a cup of tea or cake, or spent some money on one of the stalls or just left a donation. Your generosity meant we raised over £2000. Thank you.
This was inspite of England’s world cup match on the Sunday.
The 3rd Sunday of the month is Horndon’s Family Service and the December one was a treat, a Young Enthusiastic Service (or Y E S) organised and run by the young people from the Youth HUB. These young people guided us through the service in a refreshing way and we were treated to an interpretation of the Nativity through the eyes of the animals; donkey, camels, sheep and a mouse. Mice are not usually mentioned, but their home in the manger was being taken over … by a baby!!
This was quite an innovative perspective and made you think about the way we just expect animals to do things or just be there, without appreciating them and how our actions might affect them.
The young people will be coming to a church near you. If don’t normally attend the Family Service, or, you do not come to church very often, it would be worth the effort to appreciate the time and effort they have put in.
They are the future of our 3 churches and fully deserve all of our support, as do the adults who turn up for Youth Hub meetings to guide and assist.
It was thought it only right that they had a treat afterwards. We took them to Hollywood Bowl so they could chill out. After going to Hollywood Bowl we all came back, and the children and adults settled down together to indulge in a meal of pizza, wedges and cheesecake.