We’ve had a great year at Lighthouse, and have seen more and more people walk through our doors; for a coffee and chat, for special events or for regular groups which happen throughout the week.
Youth and Children’s work
School’s Out is going well, and we’re regularly seeing around thirty Primary School aged children come for snacks, games, fun and exploring the bible after school on a Friday. We have looked at the character of David, and are now going through the story of Joseph!
Lighthouse Juniors is a fairly new initiative for children aged 8-11 and we have put on various events each month on a Saturday. We had a ‘Ninja warrior’ evening which was very popular, as well as a Summer BBQ and lawn games night and a Christmas craft and games evening. Junior’s gives us a great opportunity to deepen relationships with this age group and for them to spend time with their peers and have fun!
Breakout sessions on a Sunday morning have been going well, with numbers in both the younger and older age groups growing. The children enjoy coming together for games and songs, then splitting into age groups to explore a bible story or topic. This year we have covered the fruit of the spirit, which has been a brilliant topic for getting our youngsters to understand the type of character God wants to grow in each one of us, as well as a Christian Lifestyle series and focusing on key themes such as grace, hope and courage.
Jigsaw, our parent’s and toddlers group has been growing, providing a great opportunity for parents to spend time with one another and gives their children a chance to play with other kids, sing, do craft and enjoy a variety of play activities!
Youth Life Groups have been a great place for young people of high school age to discover more about the Christian faith and what it means to live for Jesus in the 21st century! Most of these young people also came along to the summer camp Newday, on the Norfolk show ground which as usual, was a great week of worship, teaching, and lots of fun with thousands of other young Christians. We were thrilled that 4 decided to be baptised.
The Mix youth club has been busy again this year, welcoming anything from thirty to sixty young people each Friday night, for football, games, tuck shop, Xbox and much more! This is a great chance for young people to relax and spend time with their friends and unwind.
Schools work- We have again this year had great opportunities leading assemblies, lessons, choirs, lunch time groups and prayer spaces in the local schools.
Table tennis at Lighthouse (which began with only 6 players and 1 team) has been growing, and now has 30 players in five different teams. With players from the ages of 14-70+ years, table tennis provides a great chance to enjoy this sport with others and compete in the North Norfolk Table Tennis League. Organised by Chris Gould, table tennis practice takes place on Monday nights from 7-9pm.
Football- We’ve had 4 youth football teams this year u10, u12, u14 and u16 competing in the Norfolk Christian League. We also have a training evening for adults. Christians in Sport have visited to lead their popular Night of Champions event with many youngsters coming along for an evening of sport and hearing a gospel message.
We have been extremely blessed to have had Ian and Sue Savory with us this year, and have loved Ian’s teaching on Covenant and Kingdom, praying with Paul in Ephesians, and teaching on Partnership. We’ve also been greatly encouraged through the numerous visiting speakers we have heard as part of Stir 16 events; like Brian Heasley, Roy and Floss Crowne, Paul and Priscilla Reid, and Rob and Marion White. We have certainly been blessed by these speakers, and encouraged and stirred to be bringers of the Kingdom and to be the change we want to see in our community for God’s glory!
Our café continues to thrive, welcoming all ages from Tuesday-Friday each week, for tea, coffee and light lunches and snacks. The soft play area remains a popular place for parents and toddlers and provides a great facility for the parents to have a coffee while the children enjoy themselves! From half term, we will be extending our opening hours during the week by an hour, now closing at 2:30pm.
Over the Christmas period, we reached out to all the businesses, schools and residential homes by gifting them with a box of chocolates – which was very well received. We also refreshed early market stall owners with coffee and mince pies on a cold a frosty morning!