Youth Trip to New Plymouth - June 2011
15 excited young people from Hamilton and Howick congregation met in Hamilton on Saturday morning the 18th of June at 8am. The group from Howick started their journey at 6am already.  They were excited and full of enthusiasm as we took on the long road to New Plymouth.

After we stopped for breakfast at one of our stops, we heard that due to a major accident just before New Plymouth we would be delayed for five hours as the road had been closed. As a result we stayed for an extra hour at the stop point and had a choir practice outside in the parking area. This drew attention of the staff at the takeaways as well as those on board a tourist bus. After our practice we decided that we better continue on our journey in the hope that we would be directed past the accident scene. We reached New Plymouth eventually at 2pm. We checked into the motel and then we proceeded to Water World where the youth enjoyed the hot pools and water slides. This was a fun filled activity and we eventually had to drag the youth away at 6pm.

 The evening was proceeded with a BBQ dinner at the home of Deacon Muller and his wife. On our arrival we were greeted by the Priest Van Deventer and his wife who had already started the BBQ. Some of the New Plymouth members also joined the youth for dinner. The youth enjoyed themselves tremendously and ate to their fill. The evening was concluded with a choir practice and prayer in preparation for the Sunday morning youth service.
The service was attended by our party of 20 and 14 members from the congregation. In total we were 34 who participated in the divine service. The text word was taken from Acts 4:31, “ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” After the service we enjoyed fellowship with the congregation and could spend some time in conversation with our members in New Plymouth. After we all got changed into more comfortable clothing we all proceeded to the Water Front for a photo and set off on our journey back home.