Pilot Group

We currently have 15 Pilots attending each week and this is a fairly consistent number throughout the year with some leaving and new Pilots joining us. Approximately half of these are regular attendees at Longcauseway Church and the remaining half invariably attend on Pilot Sundays.

As always we try and keep our Pilots busy throughout the year and would like to say a big thank you to all those who help out week by week, and as part of our support rota.

The highlight, though in some ways, low light of 2012 was saying goodbye to John Jenkinson.  John was always a staunch supporter of Pilots and to this end Pilots invited him along, on June 13th, to what he thought was a ‘Talent Show’ but which actually included a ‘This is Your Life John Jenkinson’.  Valerie had very kindly given us lots of information with regard to the special people John had met throughout his career and each Pilot represented one of these people. In usual Pilot fashion it was, I think, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and probably sometimes embarrassing. But was hopefully a fitting tribute to a very special gentleman.

We celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by making hats which the Pilots wore to Church on picnic day when many of them took part in the mini Olympics at Oakwell Hall, organised by Rachel Wetherill.

When Pilots returned after the Summer Break it was to a new venue as we had decided to move to Longcauseway Church.  Our first sessions concentrated on making things to sell at the Ladies Fellowship sale on 29th September.  Pilots made lavender bags, baked and brought unwanted gifts and raised somewhere in the region of £119 which was donated to the Forget Me Not trust.

Many of the Pilots took part in the Christmas Eve service at Longcauseway which was organised by Longcauseway Junior Church which they very much enjoyed despite there not being any Donkey’s this year!

As I write this report we are planning how to build the tallest cake tower for our Comic Relief Tea Party on Wednesday March 13th.  This gives Pilots an opportunity to learn about serving others and the importance of giving both of time and money.  It is especially fitting as our Overseas project this year is Zambia and the children of this country receive support from Comic Relief.

We have continued to enjoy wonderful support from our Church family here at Longcauseway on a week by week basis and for our events. Myself, Co-captain, Deborah and all our Pilots are so very grateful for all the love and support which we receive from everyone at Longcauseway Church.

Wouldn’t you love to be involved in such a great organisation that gives the children of our Church such fun, whilst teaching them so much about the world, their faith and their Church—You Would!? Just see Jo or Deborah. You will be very welcome.

Jo Hartley


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