Men’s Weekend - November 2005

This was once again held at Kilnsey, in November, this time under the leadership of Rod Whiteley.

On Friday evening of the 18th, everyone arrived in time for the usual jacket potato supper with very enjoyable fillings prepared with affection by Steve and Alan. The evening took the form of a welcome and an explanation from Rod of what he had prepared for us in the weekend’s programme. His theme for this was ‘DO’

On Saturday following a hearty breakfast, including toast being rather well cooked by our toastmaster Harold N, we again joined together in thought provoking sessions with Rod using his visual aids - just like his New Year’s Eve party. Each session included different aspects of ‘DO’ including putting various statements in order of preference to our own thoughts and expressing our own experiences of God and life.

Following a packed lunch an enthusiastic team of walkers took up the offer from Rod to join him in his organised walk for a circular walk. This was alongside the river Wharfe from Hubberholme to Yockenthwaite and back. As usual in the Yorkshire Dales, there was quite a steep climb to undertake. However, even though a little out of breath at the top after a few stops (to look at the scenery!!) it was worth it for the magnificent panoramic breathtaking views. The weather, even though cold, was sunny - very refreshing.

Everyone then joined together back at the Centre for a ‘cuppa’ and either watched TV, played pool, had a little snooze or exchanged thoughts and experiences of the afternoon. This was followed by an excellent evening meal at the local Tennants Arms in the shadow of the famous Kilnsey Crag. Upon returning to the centre, everyone relaxed in various ways - except when watching ‘Match of the Day’ – discuss - was it a penalty or not??

Our special Sunday Service had everyone taking part in some way or other. The theme for this was – GOD & ME and PASSING GOD’S GIFTS. This was perhaps the highlight of the whole weekend for some of the group as we shared our thoughts openly with each other – courage, joy, peace, strength, friendship, to name just a few. The fellowship and friendship of the weekend was present for all to experience.

Following a light lunch (yes, again more tea, coffee and food) everyone departed to return to their own homes and family.

Photographs and journal by Keith Webster

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