Revd Jan Stevenson, Community Pastor for St Columbanus, Ballyholme, writes with news of the fun activities that took place in the village over the Easter weekend. Jan is part of the ‘Love Ballyholme’ Team which brings together Ballyholme residents, businesses, churches and schools.
“It was Good Friday in Ballyholme, and out of nowhere, colourful Easter eggs, rabbits and chicks appeared in windows all over the village. Beside them was a solitary letter, to be collected to crack the code. Boys and girls downloaded their clues from the Love Ballyholme Facebook page and the hunt began.
“Starting at the shops then onto Morningside, down the Esplanade to Waverley Drive and back to our church…Some found all 14 letters, some did not, but the phrase “hopping bunnies” became the phrase on many lips.
“On Easter Monday between 2–4.00 pm, there was a steady stream of 90–100 children collecting Easter prizes from the front steps of our church (adhering to all the Covid rules.) What a lovely thing it was to see children and parents who really appreciated a safe fun outdoor activity for their kids. Ballyholme Parish has just moved up a notch in our locality and gained the accolade “The Church That Gives Away Chocolate”!
“Entries for the Easter Colouring Competition flowed into the local Boots store, and it was a difficult task choosing a winner from each of the 4 age categories. A huge well done to everyone who entered!
“What next I hear you ask? Well litter picking on the beach, of course! We’ll be coming together outdoors (safely of course) on Saturday 8 May from 10.00 am at Banks Lane carpark opposite Ballymaconnell Road. This is a family friendly event and litter pickers, gloves and bags will be supplied.
“This is a great way to visibly serve our community and to show care for our environment and our love for God who made it.”