Coleg y Bala Weekends Part 1

There were two Coleg Y Bala weekends available to the children and young people of Snowdonia this term.  Firstly there was the weekend for children who attend sunday school in Llanberis and Llanrug (October 19th-21st), and secondly there was the Youth Weekend on November 9-11th.  I will start with the children’s weekend.

Normally this weekend is held in April/May, but it was due to many of the children being involved in the Snowdonia Urdd Eisteddfod this year it was decided to postpone until the autumn.  Therefore we set out with 15 children from Llanberis and Llanrug on the Friday night for Bala.  The number of children was slightly down on what it usually is, however I believe this is mainly down to the fact that many that usually attend had now moved up to the next age group.

We had a pleasant enough journey to Bala and arrived in time for supper (thankfully) after the children had an opportunity to find their rooms and hear the rules.  After supper and a time of games we had the first session which was led by Nia Williams, Rev. Gwyn Rhydderch, Nicola and Sion.  The theme of the weekend was ‘Toy Story” with excerpts from the film being used to present truths about Jesus and the need for us to trust in him for everything.  We heard, amongst others, the account of Jesus cvalming the storm and of Peter and John healing the man at the door of the temple.

We had a fun-filled Saturday, one of the highlights being our trip to the local swimming pool (the water slide being a smash hit with the kids!)  Following supper and the evening session we watched a film before the children went to bed (and slept soundly no doubt!)  Following the morning session and breakfast we set of for home having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  It was particularly great to get to know the kids better, which was made easier by the fact that there was less than normal.

Many thanks go to Rhian Evans, Delyth Gibbard and Rev. John Pritchard for accompanying the children on the bus and to the staff of the college for all of their hard work.  Our hope and prayer is that the children was that the children came to know Jesus better over the course of the weekend and that they would go on to do so for the rest of their lives.

You can hear the account of the Youth Weekend in the next post!

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