Community Fun day – 15th May 2022

As the church is based in Bitterne Park Triangle we organised a Community Fun Day at Riverside Park on 15th May 2022 to offer a chance for the local community to gather together, have some fun and find some joy, especially important after the challenges of the last couple of years.

The event was free to all including use of inflatables, face painting and crafts.  Whilst the weather wasn’t quite what was hoped for it brought out a different side to the event, seeing everyone chipping in and pulling together to get set up and the rain certainly didn’t stop the children having fun.  Several local organisations were represented, such as Southampton City Mission, Communibakes, the Real Nappy Network and Bitterne Park Growing places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are great relationships between individuals, churches, schools, traders and other organisations in the local area and events such as this and Christmas at the Triangle are great examples of what can be achieved when people pull together.  We were repeatedly asked, in the middle of the drizzle, if this was an event that would be a yearly occurrence… and whilst the rain down the back of the neck was a challenge, the fun, connections and relationships built left us so excited and encouraged and certainly not ruling out a (hopefully more sunny) Fun Day next year.

The pastors shared this message to the church which we thought gives you a flavour of our church:

We really don’t know how to thank this amazing church enough, there are some real heroes among you who worked away to make Sunday’s Community Fun Day happen.  We want to offer the most huge round of applause, hugs, cheers and thanks to all of you who contributed to the day, whether in prayer, preparation, getting soaked to bone or being bone tired…. You are awesome and it was such a team effort.  We saw all the things you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent Saturday not looking at the weather forecast in an attempt to trust God with it….. I think I have learnt again that God being with us in something does not mean he makes it happen our way (in this case with clear skies and sunshine). He was faithful… we had all the volunteers we needed, we had no accidents or incidents, we had oodles of visitors (we guesstimate around 400 over the course of the day) and built relationships within our church and with loads of people around our community. Praise God for those things.

 

 

What a church you guys are, the willingness to get up early, to chip in, to be asked to move a table again by a wet soggy Con or to hang around and be the last people to clear up or sort things out days later, we have worked as a family and as a body. We pray that the little connections or acts of kindness that were all put in on the day will be multiplied and extended by our mighty God, by his spirit, to change lives, to build his kingdom.  Many thanks to the very talented Reuben Hyam for taking these wonderful photos!

Jo and Con.