14th September 2018
NEC Youth director Pastor Adam Ramdin provides a comprehensive report of the major youth activities performed over the summer of 2018 in the areas of Athletics Day, Adventist Students on Campus, Students Retreat, BIG Six and Aberdaron Summer Camps.
NEC Athletics Family Fun Day: 8 July
2018 saw the largest Athletics Day in recent memory as the glorious sunshine no doubt encouraged the masses to attend. Held once again in the world-famous Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, teams from over 20 churches came to contest the chance to be crowned NEC Athletics Day Champions 2018. The reigning champions from 2017, Erdington Adventist church were there as well as several other churches from the Birmingham area, though there were also churches from as far away as Manchester with Leicester sending two teams ‒ St Matthews and Leicester West.
Held the Sunday after camp meeting it afforded those who came an opportunity to see friends that they had made at camp meeting. Track and field events were held for various age categories from the age of 5 to 50+ but it was not just limited to the track or traditional field events. During the day there were activities for the children on the main field that kept them occupied.
As always the 100m and 200m and the relays attracted the most interest but this year the over 50s women’s race possibly had the most contestants of any race with some fierce (but friendly) competition on display as some of the mothers (and grandmothers) in Israel rolled back the years to the delight of the crowd.
The day was organised by a team of local youth, led by Horace Radcliff and was made possible by the commitment of the many volunteers who made the day a success. Days like these offer the church an opportunity to spend time together outside the traditional four walls and give us a time when relationships can be strengthened and built and lasting memories can be made.