Over the weekend of 1st – 3rd September, members of the Great Wood family gathered at camp to give thanks for the current Mess Hut and to strip out the building in readiness for constructing the new.
It was an amazing, multi-generational event and there were even a couple of people who had never visited Great Wood before.
Michael Owen, one of John Inchley’s original campers, movingly prayed the opening prayer in the Service of Thanksgiving. John Simmons, Chairman of the Great Wood Trust, spoke at the service and using the story of the Transfiguration (from the start of Matthew 17), reminded us that the building should not be the focus – it is simply the space in which the Lord can work to totally transform lives.
Other highlights included a final supper in the Mess Hut which concluded in an Agape communion; country dancing Great Wood style (through the hatch and the Chicken Dance); a hog roast (as the kitchen was by now predominantly stripped out)and lots and lots of catching up with friends old and new.
Update: Here is Lydia Bannerjee (née Carter)’s tribute to the Mess Hut, written for and read out at the service.
Update 21 Sep: New picture added at the end.