There is always something very special about going away together as a church family to enjoy God and one another! As a church, we have recently returned from a weekend away and have again come home with full hearts, grateful to God for the precious time that it was!
This year, our weekend away had the theme of ‘Come Join the Feast’. And we certainly did!
We reflected on the feasts and celebrations that God implemented for the Israelites once they were redeemed from slavery. These feasts displayed the heart of God for his people to be formed into a people of gratitude who regularly stop work to enjoy and celebrate the God who set them free.
There are so many clear parallels to the feasting and celebrating that God invites us into today as he breaks the power of slavery over our lives! As we sought God together, he was again faithful to meet with us and bring new depths of freedom to our lives. We have so much to thank him for and it was a wonderful time of recognising that!
With a theme that directly mentions feasting, it’s fitting that we spent a considerable amount of time eating great food together! We had many memorable times, including worship around a campfire and celebrating the goodness of God with a party that went late into the evening!
We had a number of young children with us this year who brought so much joy and enthusiasm! A highlight for them was a superbly planned treasure hunt which culminated in a wooden treasure chest, full of goodies, needing to be dug up! The unbridled excited of the little ones was a delight!
These times away do so much to bring people together and enable a sense of being grounded in God’s family. It was special to hear people sharing how connected they now feel with one another.
We praise God for being a God who invites us to ‘taste and see’ that he is good! We tasted and saw and returned with hearts full of that goodness.
By Ben Doggett