During the Easter holidays young people from Spring Harvest at Butlins in Minehead swapped an afternoon of leisure activities for some community projects that set out to bless the local area. 50 young people boarded the steam train to Watchet to come and help volunteers from the local churches in a variety of community projects.
Teams of teenagers from all over the UK accompanied by youth workers from the Christian event got involved in washing cars, gardening and picking up litter as well as giving away chocolate eggs to passers-by on The Esplanade. Other teams headed for the centre of Williton and as well as handing out chocolate eggs to shoppers they visited Croft House Care Home and sang to some of the residents.
Local young people joined the visitors in the community projects which were supervised by volunteers from the churches in Watchet and Williton. Sally Lowndes from Onion Collective who facilitated a gardening project along the new rope path in Watchet commented: “The teenagers were brilliant; they approached the gardening project with such enthusiasm and I’m amazed by how much they got through. We’re enormously grateful for their help.”
Mike Sherburn, pastor at Watchet Baptist Church also commended the young people’s efforts: “Enthusiastic young people have so much to offer. To see so many of them working together to make a difference in our communities – including those who don’t live here – shows a brilliant energy and willingness to give.”
In Week 2 of Spring Harvest, another 50 young people and youth leaders volunteered to help the local churches bless the town of Minehead itself. The litter teams picked up 12 large bags of rubbish and two more teams spread out around the town to give away over 300 Easter eggs that had been donated by local churches. The remaining team walked across town to help Minehead School Pastors with a garden project at West Somerset College.
Andy Levett, Go Team Adviser for Taunton Archdeaconry who coordinated the days, added: “It’s always good to partner with the Spring Harvest youth teams and the local churches here in West Somerset. All of the young people were fantastic and they certainly put a smile on the faces of the people who saw them in action.”
“It was also a great blessing to join in worship with the hundreds of young people on site at the evening youth celebrations and have them pray for our schools and communities here in West Somerset.”
Those involved in Watchet & Williton included Watchet Baptist Church, Watchet & Williton Methodist Churches, Watchet Salvation Army, St Peter’s Williton & St Decuman’s Watchet and the Onion Collective, a Community Interest Company based in West Somerset. Those involved in Minehead included Minehead Baptist Church, St Andrew’s Minehead, Minehead & Alcombe Methodist Churches, Exmoor Youth Project and Minehead School Pastors.