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1st Rye Scouts Host ‘Churches Together’

Posted on July 12th, 2015 by Steph
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We are very proud to be able to say that 1st Rye Scout Group was able to host the ‘Churches Together’ event. Churches Together is an inter-denominational service which ultimately promotes the basis of Christianity through unifying the local churches. Churches Together is a national movement and so invites every local denomination to their service, which tends to run once a month. For Rye, the local participating denominations are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Anglican and Church of England. If there were other denominations in the area they would be invited to join in, for example,  Salvation Army, United Reform, Quaker etc.

Churches Together hold their joint service in different locations each time, and so leaders William and Debbie Perfitt had the idea of asking the Churches whether they would like to use the Scout Centre and allow Scouts to participate.

There was an absolutely fantastic turnout, where only about 30 seats were initially set out, and by the end we had run out of seating altogether and eventually had some standing! With roughly 106 people attending the service.

There were some lovely words said on the day and much appreciation around scouting, as well as some very welcome guest speakers. James Goodsell, one of the Assistant Scout Leaders, gave a brief speech on how Scouting has helped him in his every day life and what it means to him. Also, to Jane Hart, who led a lovely Scout’s Own, who also featured an article in one of the Scouting newsletters.

What a wonderful evening we had celebrating the dedication of the new 1st Rye HQ. Many young people spoke, including new leaders, and Bill & Debbie. They are all so very obviously passionate about their Scouting but also the importance of their faith, and how this can be part of the programme, as Bill said, multi-culturally and multi-faith. It was a privilege to lead a Scout’s Own, and thank you to those who helped me to present it. Again, as Bill said, we are not an organisation, we are a move- ment, as we are continually going forward. Well done 1st Rye, and good luck for your future.

– Jane Hart

Also, GSL, Bill also featured in the same newsletter.

On Sunday 28th June Rye Churches together had an in- formal service in the Rye Scout Centre and finished with a short dedication. The idea came from our wanting to involve the local churches who have sup- ported us personally and with grants and gifts of money towards the building. Debbie and I suggested they use the Scout Centre for one of their monthly joint services and the dedication grew from there. The service consisted of me explaining the role of faith in Scouting and how Scouts develops the whole person. Then members of the Scout sections followed by Guides and Brownies (who use the building) gave a few words on what scouting/guiding meant to them. After that Jane Hart led a Scouts Own. This was followed by a short thought for the day, then the dedication. The service was extremely well attended by 106 people and gave us great encouragement we put out 50 chairs and were pleased to have to get out all we had and have standing.

Bill Perfitt
1st Rye GSL

We are extremely grateful to all who showed and also to everyone who participated. Tea and cake was served at the end of the service and overall it was a fantastic day!

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