Yorkshire Fun Day 2014
Forty seven pilots from four companies gathered at Heckmondwike URC on 5th April 2014 to enjoy a day of art and crafts, games and worship. The day was loosely themed on Easter, and on arrival there was an egg hunt for the pilots to complete – finding pictures of 20 eggs hidden around the room in various colours. Then we enjoyed a drink and a biscuit before splitting into groups with the names Prayer, Interest, Learning, Overseas, Talent and Service, and moving round the six art and craft activities. These were card making, bag making, making an egg out of wool wrapped around a balloon (see Natalie Husk for more details on this one!), glass paining, tomb making and hama beads.
Then we took a break for lunch, before playing games in the same teams. Prayer team were victorious overall in the games, which goes to show the power of prayer! Finally we came together for worship lead by Natalie Husk, who showed us a wonderful demonstration of the cleansing power of Jesus, getting rid of the stains that all our sins leave on our lives, and in the world. We also ‘hung our dirty washing out’ in front of Jesus, so that he could take away our sins.
I’d like to say thank you to all the Captains and Officers who made the day so successful, and particularly to Natalie who travelled a long way to be with us, and made an excellent contribution to the days success.
Alan Kendall (RPO for Yorkshire)
Pilots Captains – February 9th
On Saturday 9th February Yorkshire and North West RPOs ran an ‘experience sharing day’ held at Heath URC in Halifax. The intention was that everyone who came would get at least one new idea that they could use with their own company. The event was attended by seven companies, five from Yorkshire and two from North West. This represented over 100 Pilots aged 5 to 18.
Each session was ‘lead’ by a different person, but their roll was not so much to present as to facilitate discussion. Each ‘leader’ did this in a different way, which made for an interesting and varied day. The sessions were as follows:
Art and craft – including some hands on opportunities
Camps and away days – a powerpoint presentation covering all aspects of what to be aware of and what has proved to work well.
Worship – with some demonstrations of simple activities that can be used as worship
V&N and DLS – lead by a pilot who has been to 7 V&Ns and 3 DLS events
Music – sharing some songs that can be used with Pilots, and different ways of using music.
Games – a brief discussion on the different challenges that can face a company, and how you might tackle those
These sessions showed that we have a wealth of expertise in our own companies, and that whilst we all know what works best for our companies, there are always different ways of doing things, and by talking and sharing together, even after many years of being involved in Pilots, we can always learn new ways to do things. The discussion didn’t stop over coffee breaks and at lunch time, and this was also valuable sharing time.
I hope those who came got something useful out of it, and I’d like to thank all those who lead sessions, particularly Nick Robinson who presented the V&N and DLS session.