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Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls Youth Fellowship visit The Citadel

25 Apr 2010

The weekend of 24th/25th April saw the visit of the Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls Youth Fellowship to the Corps. It was an early start for the 11 young people who met at East Midlands Airport at 5.30 a.m.!! Arriving in Belfast at about 8.30 a.m. they were collected by Derek in the mini bus and transported to the Hall for breakfast. 

Once they had got the hall ready for the afternoon programme they were taken on a ‘bus tour’ of the sights and dropped off in the City centre. Following a light lunch at the Urban Soul café they then went off to look around the shops.
The afternoon Fun Day took place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and was for children aged 5 to 11 years. The theme was Adventurers and Noah was the Bible character looked at. 13 children attended (one for the very first time). The afternoon began with games, followed by singing and Bible teaching. After a ‘tuck’ break it was time for craft. Everyone made a handprint rainbow which was then displayed in the main hall for the whole weekend. There was also mask making, pebble painting and biscuit decorating. The afternoon concluded with a round up of the teaching, singing, one last parachute game and prayer.
After tea at the hall the evening concluded with a Lets get together quiz night. This was a time of fun, laughter, competition and fellowship and was concluded with an epilogue and prayer.
Sunday worship continued with the theme Adventures for God. It was good to see some of the children from the fun day who do not usually come on Sunday present in the meeting. Three short talks on David, Gideon and Ruth gave us much food for thought. The young people’s story challenged our lifestyle, and as well as presenting a group song, the young people swelled the ranks of the Band and Songsters in both meetings.
Sunday afternoon the Roll Call of Faith in Hebrews 11 was considered and we were challenged to be Adventurers for God in faith. Individual contributions through prayer, testimony and song added to our worship.
The day concluded with refreshments before the Youth Fellowship left for the Airport to make their way home.
The whole weekend was encouraging, challenging and uplifting and God blessed us all. The commitment and dedication of these young people, together with their enthusiasm was very much in evidence. They have left a lasting impression and our prayer is that their hard work will bear fruit for the Kingdom here at Belfast Citadel in future days.
James Cunningham