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What’s Happening: Sydney Community Church walks alongside community


If you’re looking for a way to keep your mind and body healthy in a positive, upbeat way, head on over to Sydney Community Church. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Majors Kent and Dena Hepditch offer a video-led, indoor walk-aerobics class beginning at 10 a.m.

“We offered these classes at our past two posts, with great success,” explains Major Dena. “These classes help us reach out to and connect with our community, and we now have more than 25 attending the classes.”

Staying active in Sydney

Staying active in Sydney

The exercise class is open to anyone and is free of charge, though participants are invited to drop a donation in the jar if they wish. Each class begins with a short time for devotions, followed by a warm-up, the walk-aerobics class and a cool down.

“It’s a great opportunity to get together and share in fellowship,” says Major Dena. “On Fridays, many of the exercise group join us in the Community Café for a cup of tea and baked good, as well.”

Friday mornings are especially busy at Sydney Community Church. While the exercise group breaks a sweat and the Food Bank clients drop in, a volunteer from the community sets up the Community Café and bakes homemade treats like muffins, oatcakes and traditional tea biscuits.

“Our Community Café takes place in our Parkdale Room, where we have a cozy space with sofas and chairs to relax in,” Major Dena says. “Our clients, our congregation, the exercise group folks and sometimes members of the Al-Anon group that uses our space on Fridays come in and share with us. It’s a nice chance to meet with the community and hear how everyone is doing.”

Like the exercise program, the Community Café is open to anyone, free of charge.

The food bank is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9 – 11:30 a.m., and the Sydney Community Church is looking forward to serving breakfast one Tuesday a month, beginning on Shrove Tuesday (March 3), known affectionately to many as “Pancake Tuesday”.

“It’s all about connecting with the community,” says Major Dena.

For more information on programs at Sydney Community Church, contact the church office at (902) 562-1717.

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