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Cumbria: holiday club packs in ... a 60+ crowd

A creative Methodist church in Cumbria has just held a highly successful holiday club with a difference – it was for the over 60s ...

Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal, Cumbria, stepped out once again with another ‘first’ – a holiday club for the over 60s.

Community worker Jonny Gios explains: "Often the church places so much energy and concentration on children and young people, we forget older peope in our communities. Sandylands is committed to engaging and reaching out to all its community – meaning all ages and all backgrounds."

The Holiday Club had a variety of different activities during the day including table tennis, card making, flower arranging, dominoes, gentle exercise, and an intro to computing.

One of those who attended the day said: "Thank you so much for a wonderful taster for your activities and introduction to your church. Everybody was so welcoming and helpful. Lunch was a super treat and we have both enjoyed our time here. I think you have done a wonderful job. A lovely day."

Co-organiser Mrs Jenny Goodman said "While I was hosting the card-making session, it was lovely to hear frequent peals of laughter from the group who were enjoying table games. Great! Those who made things to take home seemed really chuffed with their achievements."

There are many older people in communities who are isolated, lonely, infirm or simply don’t have anything to be involved in. Although this was the first ‘over 60s’ holiday club, the church does run a weekly club for those over 60 which includes board games and refreshments. 

Jonny Gios added: "It was fantastic to see so many new faces we haven’t seen before. It goes to show that there are many more people we can be reaching, as we strive to share God’s love in Sandylands."

During the day the church shared a Thought For The Day with Jonny and Rev Wendy Thornton to get those who attended to think about the subject of journeying.

One highlight from the day was the amount of people who wanted to do flower arranging, so much so the activity ran out of flowers, and were needed to be replenished in the afternoon. Lunch was provided for all those who attended and the day was completely free of charge.

"We want not only to fill a need within our community but also to bless our community," said Jonny. "You can keep up with the work of Sandylands Methodist Church on our Facebook page."

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