Parish youngsters enjoy retreat at Norfolk convent

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Parish youngsters enjoy retreat at Norfolk convent

Children from St Mary’s Great Yarmouth and St Peter’s Gorleston Faith Club were taken to Swaffham Convent for their Christmas outing on December 20, reports Chris Storman.

Their retreat day began with Mass in the lovely convent chapel. Fr Mark Hackeson welcomed all and celebrated Mass with Frs Alex and Alvan from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, with the children plus some parents, the Swaffham Sisters, members of the Diocesan Ignite team and regular Faith Club helpers. It was a joyful gathering!

There was some free time to explore the new surroundings and get to know the Sisters, Fr Mark and Ignite team members Ciaran and Joe, followed and an abundant shared lunch was enjoyed.

During the afternoon the children were led and entertained by both the Ignite team and the Sisters.

The Ignite team led Getting to Know You and Advent activities and the Sisters introduced their lives and missions to the enthralled children. There were also group activities and games and a wonderful craft session which was enjoyed by us all creating hand-made items to take away.

The day finished with a Secret Santa, a goody bag of treasures for each from the sisters and lots of thanks and appreciation shown to all who gave their time and care to provide a fabulous retreat away day!

The Faith Club will complete its first year of existence on February 8 and this will be celebrated with Masses at each end of the parish on consecutive Sundays, February 9 and 16, with a reception after and probably a cake or two.

Pictured top, Ignite team members Ciaran and Joe help to lead the retreat and, above, enjoying craft activities.