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So much goes on in the world of Haddon Hall Baptist Church. To catch up with what has been been happening in our community see photos below...


We celebrated Easter together with a joint churches Good Friday gathering in the Blue.  Easter Sunday was at Haddon with an intergenerational celebration. The clothes swap team sprang into action in May with a wonderful afternoon of chatting, listening to a fashion talk and clothes swapping with a catwalk and dancing to follow.


2024 kicked off with a prayer walk around our local area, work in a local primary school, the inaugural meeting of the Haddon gardening club, both a men's and then a ladies movie night.  Although there are no photos there have been prayer and worship evenings and our life groups met to study Romans.  As the cold crept in we opened our 'warm space' to the community on Wednesdays, for free hot drinks, pastries and soup, as well as a warm and friendly welcome and table tennis.  We marked Earth Hour by meeting together by candlelight, watching Tower Bridge, the Shard and the City turn their lights out and reflecting on God's creation.   There was a joint churches youth event called R1. Phil, one of our leaders also retired and we said goodbye to him although he will still be attending the church as his wife, Karen, will continue to lead.


The opening of Haddon Hall's psalm 23 pocket garden was the focus of September.  A glorious day and a wonderful celebration to open up the area.  Creationtide Sunday followed with lots of garden based activities, including bulb planting.  We look forward to seeing the results in spring. 

There was also a beautiful Advent evening of music and crafts followed a week later with the baptisms of three people.


Since Easter we had another visit from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and began to see the pocket park take shape. Community involvement took place with children from Grange Primary School, Tower Bridge Care Home and through a Community workshop at the church building. Go to the Psalm 23 garden tab to find out more.  There was a successful cake sale, two Alpha groups run, a very enjoyable men's camping weekend, the launch of our Haddon as a Garden metaphor image, another R1 (joint churches youth meeting) event and a welcome break over the summer month, with picnics each Sunday. Not everyone was having a break over the summer as some of our young people and adults set off for two youth camps. A good, if not slightly damp time was had by all.


Another busy few months.  New Lifegroups happening (even including eating trifle at 10am in the morning, an early morning walking group and a young adults group), work on the leaking roof began and is almost fixed, the continuing success of R1 (joint youth event), schools' work, street pastors, a commissioning service for some church members working with WEC in the SE of London, our now annual pancake party, community tree planting and mulching and a Church away morning to listen to what God is saying to us as a church. Wednesday mornings have taken off providing a warm space, with hot drinks and pastries, for those who need it, and a new Haddon on the Move, visiting those who are housebound, walking, talking, praying and of course eating cake at the end.  God is good.

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