Monday 28th May
‘Family Camp’ are here as it is May Bank Holiday Weekend! It is hard to believe that the extended weekend is already drawing to a close for some, while the majority will depart tomorrow afternoon. They have had an amazing time filled with fun, games, enjoying the new pool, chatting and catching up with friends, time with God and relaxing, that is a perfect way to spend a weekend. Everyone came through the thunderstorms of Saturday evening and have been basking ever since in glorious sunshine.
Last Week the Year6 pupils and staff from Christ Church School were with us from Monday – Friday. A lot of fun was had with an action packed programme: from scavenger hunts to wide games, team building and archery, fun in the pool to high ropes and kayaking and so much more. A great way to learn, outside in the sunshine and the odd rain storm!
Friday 11th May
Groups visiting this next week:
On Monday – Thursday, we will be providing B & B for students from UWE who are at the Construction Skills & Innovation Centre in Cannington (part of Bridgwater & Taunton College).
Monday – Friday pupils and staff from Ashbrooke House School will be joining us for their residential (they run their own programme).
This weekend we are welcoming Waterbrook Church and pray they will have a weekend of fun and blessing.
Meet our new team member Sarah Godbeer.
Hi! I am originally from Bristol and previously worked as a Learning Support Assistant for young people with additional needs in a local secondary school.
I came to faith in my early teens and was baptised at Counterslip Baptist Church, where I have since been part of the worship team and a volunteer youth leader for many years.
Having attended and been part of the team on Hill House Summer Camps Week 3 (now Week A), I couldn’t let the opportunity to be a part of the team pass me by. Hill House has been an incredible blessing to me, as it has to many, and I felt that it was time for me to move on and go to where I felt God was calling me.
I am really looking forward to seeing what God has in store for Hill House in the future and feel privileged to be a part of that future.
Hope to see you here soon!!
Sunday 5th May
Bagley Baptist Church are with us at the moment and what a weekend to choose! The weather has been amazing so far. A lot of sport has been played and I am sure there is more to come tomorrow; football, crocker, volley ball and cube besides less energetic games of draughts and chess. A craft session was held in the shade of the trees with the birds singing and children playing on the play equipment, a lovely atmosphere and tonight is the Bagley’s got Talent, for which they are renowned!
The swimming pool has been completed and the results are very pleasing to the eye. It will be in use shortly.
Last week saw the first school of the season, Truro High School for Girls years 3 & 4 visit for their residential. We spent a great few days together enjoying a full programme of: team building, archery, sensory walk, reflective beads, making wooden tent pegs, disco, bug hunting, high ropes and kayaking with Black Rock Outdoors, wide games and film night. They returned home on Friday with lots of fun memories and very tired!
Friday 13th April
Today we have welcomed Sarah Godbeer (our new team member), who is moving in to the staff house. We are delighted that she has joined the team and officially starts work on Monday. We pray that she will settle in well to life at Hill House and look forward to all that the Lord has planned for her.
The swimming pool is drawing ever closer to completion. The walls and floor have been skimmed and the surround paving begun to be laid, as and when the weather has permitted!
On Monday 16th the team will begin fitting the liner and then the following week the paving can be finished. Let’s hope the weather brightens up, otherwise I think we will be filling it with warm water!!!
OUR LORD IS RISEN! HALLELUJAH
This Easter weekend we are sharing with our brothers and sisters from Southampton Chinese Christian Church. How lovely it is to hear worship and celebration of our Lord conquering death and rising to life to give each one of us a hope and a glorious future being sung and spoken in Cantonese.
May the joy of the Risen Lord, fill your hearts this day.
Friday 23rd March
This afternoon, the Girls Brigade will arrive for the weekend. We have had the pleasure of hosting them for many years over Palm Sunday weekend. They always have a very busy programme, but the girls have an amazing time.
The swimming pool has moved on at a fast pace this week, with the screed going in and the pool surround being prepared for paving. It is looking very fantastic!
We have had a busy couple of weeks working with Bridgwater & Taunton College, providing B&B for their visiting students from Loughborough & Brighton university. As part of their degree they spend a week working and studying at the Construction Skills & Innovation Centre in Cannington.
We continue to facilitate local community events and as such Steart Marshes and Stockland Parish meetings, took place in the annexe this week.
Christ Church Clifton young adults filled the whole site last weekend and were even treated to the picturesque scenes on Sunday of Hill House and the landscape around coated in snow! A message from Chris “Thanks as always for hosting us so well, we had a fantastic time”.
The ‘Explore’ Leaders weekend – this was an informal and relaxed time, for the leaders and those contemplating being a leader on the ‘Explore’ camp, to learn about the vision and content for the camp. It was very valuable and many left having a desire to be involved.
The swimming pool is enjoyed by many of our groups including Summer Camp, Weekend Groups and Schools.
Originally installed by St. Hilda’s Girls School in 1953, what was going to be just a general refurbishment of the pool has turned into some major maintenance works. A firm of professional pool contractors initially carried out some exploratory works and found that several of the walls needed rebuilding. Some of the additional alterations that are taking place include:-
- Reducing the depth to 1m across the whole pool
- Widening the pool
- New walk in ‘wedding cake’ steps at each end
- New liner
- New filter system and pipework
- New paved surround
The project is well on its way to completion for the start of our busy season starting in May.
We are delighted and excited with the results so far and we know that it will be hugely enjoyed by many of our guests.
The works have only been achievable through some generous legacies left to Hill House. Thank you to individuals and Praise to our God who has blessed us in this way.
Here are some photos of the work so far, but more will follow as the works progress.
Friday 9th March 2018
This weekend we welcome the Leaders of ‘Explore’ and those interested in being on the team for the new camp for 7-11 year olds. Please pray that those who attend will be excited by this venture and will decide to be part of the team. We also have a large group from Bath & Avon Vineyard Youth, may it be a weekend of fun and deepening their faith with the Lord.
Thursday 1st March
Today is officially the first of Spring and is has been snowing off and on since early this morning. UFM Worldwide leaders were here for a mini retreat, arriving yesterday morning from Belfast, Scotland and Swindon. They have had a great time together, but due to the weather and having to rearrange transport plans to return home, left at midday today. We pray they will have a safe journey home.
We have just taken the decision this afternoon to cancel the 2 weekend groups, that were due to arrive tomorrow, due to the existing snow and the forecast for the next 48 hours.
Some photos at 4.20pm
Over the last couple of weeks we have freshened up parts of the Main House as planned – painting the ladies and gents toilets and hallway, off of the dining room, kitchen and wash-up area. Started on some grounds work, giving the sports field grass it’s first cut , cutting the willow and tidying the garden beds. The days were beautiful but chilly and we thought Spring was just about here, but we were wrong!!!
This coming week:
Lifeguarding – 12th -16th February David will be attending the NPLQ course at Quantock Lodge and hopefully on Friday he will successfully pass and his qualification will be renewed for another 2 years.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be freshening up various areas of the main house, with a coat of paint.
The shortlist of candidates for interviewing will be contacted.
Sunday 11th February
This weekend we have enjoyed the company of families from Emmanuel Bath, who have been looking at what it means to be adopted into the family of God and Bagley Baptist Student Survivor Weekend. The students enjoy a amazing weekend of teaching, worship, fun and learning very practical skills to assist them as they journey on the next stages of their lives eg, how to successfully change a bicycle tyre, what to do if the electric fails, cooking etc.
A new sign, larger than the previous, has been installed at the end of the drive. This not only looks smart, but is more visible to our guests, before they drive over the brow of the hill.
This past week we have hosted Blackrock Outdoors who brought the first of 2 groups of students from Wiltshire College (2nd group will be here the beginning of March). They were off site every day with Blackrock enjoying a range of activities from caving and climbing, high & low ropes, kayaking and archery. By all accounts they have had a great time and loved Hill House and the evening meals, which were provided by Kay ‘Live Free Kitchen’.
This coming week:
Monday 29th 7.30pm – Family Camp will be holding their first committee meeting, to plan for the Camp 25th – 29th May.
Tuesday 30th 9.00am- We will be visiting Galmpton School, to meet, chat and give a presentation for their Year 5 residential in July. We are then going on to do the same at Collaton St Mary School, who are coming to Hill House for the first time in July.
Friday 2nd February – St John Ambulance are here again for Part 2 of the Training Course.
Summer Camp – The online booking is open and places are being filled, may that continue, so that we can be at capacity for all weeks.
Sunday 28th January
This weekend seems to have been very much a Bath affair, with groups from Monkton Combe School and Bath Chinese Christian Fellowship!
BCCF – The worship in Cantonese and Mandarin flowing out of the annexe this morning was heavenly and reminds us of beauty of God’s kingdom, that we are all one through Christ, no matter what nationality.
Monkton Combe School were looking at Paul’s Letter to the Colossians and on all accounts have had a fantastic time. Football on a wet pitch, left many pretty muddy, but very satisfied. While the singing from the washing up team, reverberated around the courtyard, as we served in the Tuck and Gift shop. It was lovely.
On Thursday evening we visited St Andrew’s CofE School in Weymouth, where we gave a presentation to staff, parents and pupils in relation to the Year 6 residential in June. It was great to see the excitement from the pupils and enthusiasm from parents. One question from a parent was “Can we come too?”
Friday 19th January
The sun is shining at the moment, which is lovely to see, after the strong winds, hail, rain etc of the past week. We have been very fortunate and not received any damage, or trees down, unlike many parts of the country.
Later on this afternoon 55 students and leaders from St. Leonard’s Church in Exeter will be arriving for their weekend away. There will be new students on this weekend, so we pray all will feel welcomed and settle in quickly. We ask that the Lord will speak to their hearts during this weekend.
Last weekend was busy: The Trustees met at Hill House – Looking to the future and allowing God to guide in the business and spiritual aspect of Hill House, which is also exciting.
St. John Ambulance – They were with us for the weekend, with 28 teenagers on part 1 of their First Aid Course. All kinds of scenarios were being played out around the site, even in the car park with someone being crushed between 2 cars, very realistic. The dedication and commitment of the young people is wonderful to see. Part 2 will be taking place the beginning of February.
The team had a very good couple of days away at the CCI Conference 9th – 11th January. It was a time of spiritual refreshing with the main speakers Matt Summerfield president of Urban Saints and Ray King who trains Youth Leaders around the world. The fellowship and networking with other Centre teams was great. We came away energised, encouraged and excited as well as relaxed.
As a Team we are very mindful of the Lord’s provision, protection and blessings throughout 2017 and that gives us boldness, to look forward to the year ahead, with anticipation and excitement for all He has instore for us.
The year is looking very busy with only a couple of weekends available, which is great. The weekends are predominantly churches, youth groups or youth organisations such as St John Ambulance. However, we also have people booking for family gatherings / celebrations, depending on the size the Annexe lends itself nicely to this.
We are working with Bridgwater and Taunton College, mid weeks during March, as a B&B for university groups who are on a weeks engineering, work experience course at the Cannington branch of the College. Other mid week bookings starting the end of April, through May, June and July and a week in October are filled with school residentials. Then of course we have the Summer Camps starting the end of July and through August. There are some changes this year, which is quite exciting with a new group called ‘Explore’ for ages 7-11yrs 31st July – 4th August, Week A 15-17yrs 4th – 11th August, Week B 11-14yrs 11th – 18th August, Week C 11-14yrs 18th – 25th August and then a weekend for 18+ 25th – 28th August.
The Coffee & Shop Thursdays has been a blessing to us and we trust to those who attend. We will be looking to continue this year, however, we have stopped for a winter break and will reopen on Thursday 1st March.
Job Vacancies – You will have noticed from our scrolling banner that we are advertising for a couple or 2 single people to join the Team. At present we have had quite a lot of interest and we ask that you would pray that the Lord would lead and guide us into appointing the people He wants.
Trustees – We thank the Lord for our trustees: Bob, Dave, Tim, Ray, Mark & PJ. Please pray for them as they seek to serve and honor the Lord in all the decisions that are made concerning the work and ministry at Hill House.We still have vacancies on the board of Trustees, in particular with PR, HR experience and a Treasurer. If you know of anyone who has a heart for this work and may be interested, please get in touch with us.
Maintenance– There will be the ongoing upkeep of the buildings and facilities as normal this year. However, we will also be freshening up some rooms in the next couple of months and then in December to carry out some major redecoration of the Main House. We will keep you updated on this News Page with progress and further projects.
Team – We will be attending the National CCI (Christian Camping International) Conference 9th – 11th January at Hothorpe Hall in Teddingworth. It is an opportunity for us to gather with team members from Centres all over the country and some from abroad, for fellowship, teaching, worship, spiritual refreshment.
We will endeavour to put regular updates on this page for your prayers and information.
Once again we greatly appreciate your interest, support, prayer and love for the team and all the work of Hill House to share the message and love of Jesus to all who visit.
The Hill House Team wish you a very Happy New Year!
We pray the Lord will bless you in all that you do this coming year.
Creative Art Day January 23rd with Sandie Skyrme
A great day to look forward to in the New Year, book early, so as not to be disappointed. No experience is required, Sandie is an amazing teacher and has a God anointed ministry through the creative arts and it is truly a wonderful day. You will be amazed how God ministers through these arts and the time spent together.
‘I Will Lift My Eyes To The Hills’ Psalm 121.
You will explore with Sandie Acrylic Painted & mixed media canvasses, Clay relief & sculpture, using air hardening clay and found objects and also creative textiles using collage & machine embroidery.
For further information and booking form, please visit the Events section of the website.
‘Winter Warmer’ Christmas Fayre
This event is fast approaching Saturday 9th December 12.00noon – 4.00pm. FREE Entry!
Over the past few years, it has been a great resource to meet and get to know, our neighbours in the local community. We are very much looking forward to this years event, rooms filled with a wonderful selection of craft stalls, wreath making, tasty refreshments (soup & roll, burger in a bun, cakes etc), face painting and bouncy castle. There is something for all the family!
We would love for you to join us.
What a Fantastic Weekend!
Wow!! That sums up the Ladies 2017 House Party.
A weekend of amazing worship led by Jo and the worship group, leading us into the awesome, presence of the Lord. Inspired and anointed by the Holy Spirit was the word which Emma brought, touching everyone of us. A big Thank You to our lovely husbands Steve & David, without their hard work we would not be able to run the weekend. The photos sum up the weekend, food, laughter, crafts, line dancing & Saturday night fun. It was a joy and privilege to see so many ladies (70 in total) having a wonderful time and enjoying the presence and touch of the Lord.
Thank you for all your prayer support without it our efforts come to nothing.
It is indeed a weekend not to be missed!
LADIES HOUSE PARTY
This coming weekend 10th – 12th November, will be our 5th Ladies House Party. Wow! where has the time gone. It has been an amazing journey and experience for us as a Team, from the initial vision, through to planning, organising and running the weekends. A privilege and joy for us (as well as hard work and a few moments of panic), to see how the Lord has taken, moulded and grown us and this ministry (which is ongoing as, we are a work in progress), touching and blessing so many ladies. Thank you Lord.
Please pray for the coming weekend and all the Ladies who will attend, that the Lord would once again minister and touch their lives. Pray for those for whom it is their first Ladies Weekend, that they would quickly feel at home and that everyone will get to know each other and feel welcomed. Please pray for our worship band led by Jo and also Emma Wotton as she shares God’s word with us, looking at Proverbs 31 ‘A Masterpiece in Progress’ . Our prayer is that through the fun and laughter, all the crafts, wonderful food, and the worship and teaching sessions, we will all leave having been encouraged, challenged, changed and strengthened in our walk with the Lord.
Creative Art Day ‘Woven Threads of Gold’
Yesterday we had 12 people attend the ‘Woven Threads of Gold’ Creative art day and what a wonderful day of ministry through crafts, reflective activities and lunch. Everyone felt it was truly a day of blessing and below are examples of the creativity that took place. Thank you to Sandie, who continues to allow the Lord to work through her, using her artistic skills to teach, encourage and bless others.
The windows have been completed on schedule and what a fantastic result. Thank you to the glaziers who were excellent.
Monday morning we are all very excited as the windows arrive.
The team have been here all week and by Thursday afternoon, we look like this!
Please pray for the glazier team as they continue to replace the windows in the dining room and main meeting room over the next week. Pray also that the weather will remain good. We thank the Lord for the blessing of being able to replace the windows and the huge practical benefits beside the aesthetic improvement.
Coffee & Shop Thursday restart after the summer break, this Thursday 7th September 10.00am – 1.00pm we look forward to you joining us.
‘Woven Threads of Gold’ Creative Art Day with Sandie Skyrme- Tuesday 17th October – Further information and booking form under ‘Events’
‘Winter Warmer’ Christmas Fayre – Saturday 9th December. If you would like to book a craft stall, please contact the Office.
The Main House and Annexe have now had their “Spring Clean” and we are welcoming our first group for the Autumn period, International Christian Ministries from Bristol. A lovely warm afternoon, greets them for their first visit. Perfect for their BBQ and Camp Fire this evening.
A big Thank You to those who attended the Tents Down Day. A lot of hard work on a beautifully sunny day, however, all tents were packed away by 3.00pm.
Tents Down Day – Saturday 26th August 10.00am
It is hard to believe that we are on the last week of our Summer Camps for 2017. This means that next Saturday 26th August is Tents Down Day – If you are available, please, please, come and help. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. It has been a summer of blessing and I am sure you will hear stories of what the Lord has been doing over the 5 weeks. Thank you in advance.
Week 1 (18-30 yrs) – 30 young adults spent 5 days, relaxing, having fun, attending workshop / seminars, worshiping and enjoying free time and chatting with friends. Different guest speakers shared and taught from the word of God each evening. I think it is fair to say that campers returned home, having been: challenged, encouraged, uplifted and recognizing that their faith and walk with the Lord has grown and moved on.
Week 2 (12-15 yrs) of Summer Camp is well under way with 42 campers and 24 team. Week leaders Zoe & Dan. The new tents are great and campers report them being cosy!
After a morning of Team Building Challenges, there is now an afternoon of fun and competition, with giant inflatable slides and obstacle course, followed by swimming, for those who are brave enough!
In the evening Celebration Steff is looking at various aspects of ‘Friendship’ with stories in the Bible (Shadrach,Meshach and Abednego; David & Jonathan; Ruth & Naomi; Jesus & Peter; Paul & Barnabas).
Week 3 (15-17yrs) – 64 campers and 36 team will be arriving on Saturday 5th August for their week. Week leaders Adam and Vicky. The speaker is Tim Moody.
Week 4 (11-14yrs) – 56 campers and 27 team will be arriving on Saurday 12th August for their week. Week leaders Julia and Andy. The speaker is Paul Scott.
Week 5 (11-15yrs) – 84 campers and 26 team will be arriving on Saturday 19th August for the final week of camp for 2017. Week leaders Anita, Matt & Maddie. Different members of the team will be speaking during the evening celebrations.
Please pray for all week leaders and their teams, along with the speakers that each one will know the Holy Spirit guiding and leading them through the week. Pray for the Lord’s protection over Hill House, the site, tents, all the activities, campers and team.
‘And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, and come with him into the presence of God the Father to give him your thanks’. Colossians 3:17
Thank you for all your support.
The Daniel Plan
The Daniel Plan for the end of September has been postponed. We will keep you informed of any future dates.
Thank you to all who came to help and support us on Sunday with the Tents going up, in preparation for the Summer Camps. Between 70 and 75 people came which is amazing. When the work was finished we had a BBQ and finished the evening with prayer and celebration for all that this summer holds. Please continue to pray for all the week leaders and their teams, that each week will experience many, many blessings as they give and minister to young people.
Main House Windows
The windows have been repaired and painted, the scaffolding removed, to reveal how beautiful the house now looks (especially with clear blue skies all around).
The school residential programmes have gone very well and next week sees our last school for the summer term. Where has the time gone!!
The beautiful weather has just added to the fun and excitement of a fun filled, busy programme of: scavenger hunt, survival skills, team building and archery, wide games, disco, camp fire, high ropes, kayaking, raft building, football, croquet, volley ball, pool challenges, design & build challenge, great food and so the list goes on.
Thank you for your prayers over this very busy period.
Tents Up and Celebration Day – Sunday 16th July
We want to provide an opportunity for all those who have been involved in Hill House over the years to meet with the current teams running Camp, help put up the tents, celebrate and Pray for the 5 weeks of Camp.
So we have moved the tent pitch to Sunday the 16th July. Starting at 1:30pm at Hill House with the NEW! tents, followed by a BBQ at 5:30pm and Prayer/Celebration at 6:30pm for an hour. There may even be an opportunity for a dip in the pool!
Please join us for any part of the day but particularly for prayer and celebration.
We would be grateful if you could respond if you are coming, so we can estimate food. Many thanks.
We have just said goodbye to our friends from Kennington Community Fellowship, South London. After 4 amazing days, their visit was fittingly ended with a baptism in the pool and great celebration.
Steart Marshes Open Day
We started the day off excited about the opportunity to represent Hill House Christian Centre, in providing refreshments for visitors attending the Open Day at the Marshes. It was overcast but warm and we loved creating a welcoming environment for our customers to enjoy their coffee and cakes. Then the drizzle and rain came, but we were not deterred and nor were the visitors. At the end of the day, we can now say, it was a day filled with laughter, meeting and chatting to lots of lovely people from near and far and building good relationships with our neighbours.
Here are some photos of the day.
We thank the Lord for His protection:
Early this Sunday morning a herd of approx 20 cows made their way into the Family Camp field, while everyone slept. Thanks to some campers who were awoken, the cows were herded off the site and met by the farmer. No one was hurt or damage caused to any tents, a couple of cars had minor dents, thank you Lord.
Bank Holiday Monday:
Some of the Hill House Team will be at Steart Marshes Open Day 10.00am – 3.00pm. We are delighted to be hosting the Refreshments Marquee, so come along and enjoy lovely cakes and cookies and all the activities that are being put on for the day. Visit http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2017/05/wwt-steart-news/steart-marshes-open-day/ for further information.
May Bank Holiday Weekend means one thing! It is Family Camp!
It was a glorious day as families arrived and set up for Family Camp.
All survived the thunderstorm of last evening and are sat enjoying bacon butties before a full days activities.
The house now clad in scaffolding and work underway.
Spring is well and truly here!
Scaffolding goes up tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd May). Over the next couple of weeks, all the windows in the grey building will be repaired and painted.
Please pray for good weather and safety for all those carrying out the work.
New goals in use:
The new goals seem to be a big Hit!
Comments from Jacob (Steve & Kay’s son) and his friends: “The goals are an awesome addition. They’re a great improvement on the last ones, as they’re much more permanent and they’ll be used by almost everyone who visits Hill House”.
Bagley Baptist Church Weekend football match. They say: “Great improvement on old goals”; “solid”; “good quality”; “more professional”.
Funding from Magnox Socio-Economic Scheme:
We are delighted with new goals, which have been purchased with the assistance of funding amounting to £829.00 from Magnox Socio-Economic Scheme. These goals will be used by a great number of our weekend and midweek groups and a great benefit for our school residentials and summer youth Camps.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Magnox for their generous assistance and support.
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