Earlier this month, the team at the Kilbroney Centre gave a joyful welcome to its first residential group since the pandemic began. From 13–15 July 11 family bubbles stayed for the Kilbroney Summer Family Break.
“Psalm 100 comes to mind,” says Jan Peach, the Centre’s Development Officer. “We entered His gates (or Kilbroney gates anyway!) with praise and worshipped the Lord with gladness after 16 long months of no groups in residence.
“June 2021 had been brilliant as we welcomed primary schools nearly every day for non–residential activity days in conjunction with our friends at Cloughmor Extreme, but it was really joyous and somewhat emotional having our first group to stay in the buildings, under hospitality guidelines.”
The families enjoyed an action–packed 3 days that included paintballing, campfires, a nightline, outdoor cinema and waterslide, archery, football, volleyball, kayaking, paddleboarding and the playpark!
Every evening there were Bible devotions with Revd Peter Munce and worship led by Laurence Bellew. In the morning the Centre ran a primary school age Bible Club in the forest with Sarah Anderson. To top it all they had Ann Wilson’s delicious food plus the best weather we’ve seen in a long while.
Jan continues: “God was so so good to us, and we had a brilliant time catching up with old friends and making new ones. Here are some of my favourite feedback quotes:
‘Can we do this for 4 days next year? Or a week?’
‘Blessed beyond belief.’
‘We all had a ball! Kids are devastated to be home!’
‘So many good memories and laughs with people that I hadn’t seen in a long while…Jack and I both love the place.’
‘Best time ever #kilbroney #fellowship #slice of heaven.’
“The last verse of Psalm 100 says, For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.