From the very beginning everybody was telling me that the retreat to Cornwall is a must-do at Newbold, for every student. That’s why without having any doubts, I paid the required money and waited till the day of the departure.
After a couple of weeks, when the day had come, we left Newbold, and within a few hours we arrived in St Agnes. To be honest I loved the place from the beginning. Beautiful views, being close to nature, it all promised to be a very good weekend. In fact, it was better than that. It was brilliant! One of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
From the beginning we could enjoy ourselves at the lovely beach, close to the place we stayed in and in the late afternoon, after a very nice supper, we had worship with some interesting activities, followed by ‘Singspiration’.
On Saturday I had chosen to go for the morning worship at 8 AM on the beach. And I have to admit that I really enjoyed it, not only because it was a good worship, but because of the view, sound and fresh air. All this made you feel very little in comparison to the powerful nature, created by our almighty God. Later on, we had a normal Sabbath sermon with pastor Johnson and lunch. Afterwards, traditionally, we went to the beach, but a bit further north, it was much bigger than the one near the place we stayed. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, after an hour or so it changed. The sun appeared and it stopped raining. You can’t ask for more in England! Some of us, including me, started to build sand castles, sea monsters or some went chilling on blankets, while others tried swimming in the ocean.
The Sabbath evening worship took place on the hill, near the beach, so we had an amazing view on the waves. Afterwards we had a game night. So everyone who wanted, could come and play some games, such as Monopoly, Uno, Table Tennis, etc.
On our last day we went to Tintagel, King Arthur’s castle at the coast. We were able to see more of the Cornish beautiful landscapes. In the local shop I’ve bought some souvenirs, and in a bakery a lamb mint pastry - it was perfection, the best pastry I have ever eaten! Then in the afternoon we went back to Newbold.
To sum up this trip, it was simply wonderful. I have explored another, gorgeous part of England. I have grown spiritually and spend quality time with people I already knew, and I made some new friends. I will probably never forget this retreat, on which I have experienced so much.
By Jakub Wiśniewski, Poland