As we head into the autumn term, we are starting to run some of our pilot activities within the Children’s and Families’ work. I will be continuing my work in the 11.30am service on the fourth Sunday of each month up until December, for now we will be calling this hands-on service the ‘Busy Little Hands Service’. During these services, we will continue to place activities around the church building for the young people that attend, in the hope that we can communicate the scripture or theme of the service in a practical and engaging way. At the start of 2018 we are looking to roll these activities out into three out of the four 11.30 services each month.
Alongside the work I will be doing in the 11.30 services, on the same Sunday of each month I will be working in the Sunday School within the 9.30am service. I am excited to be working in a team under Emily Good, helping to grow the young people that attend.
On 24th September, our first Parents Social Evening is happening. It will be a ‘Beer, Pudding and Skittles night’ (sounds pretty great, right?) in the Small Hall from 7.30pm – 9pm. This will be an opportunity for the parents within St Giles’ to get together and start to get to know one another in a social space away from our little ones pulling at our sleeves. I hope you will agree and see the value that I do in building relationships within the church, as well as just having the opportunity to have a bit of fun! Come on your own or grab a babysitter and come as a couple, all parents are welcome. This will be a pilot event but if it’s successful we will be looking to run this every 2 months.
This month one of the main focuses of my work is going to be planning for our upcoming Messy Church event. This is taking place on October 29th from 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the Main Hall and should not be missed! If you know of anybody that might like to attend, please do spread the word to neighbours, friends, family and especially at the school gates. There will be crafts, activities, fun and games, a short celebration and food! I’m still on the hunt for volunteers to run activities, help in and run the kitchen and to help with welcoming people, so if this sounds like it might be somewhere that you would like to support your church please drop me an email or give me a call.
So, we have some exciting events ahead of us, and I’m really looking forward to working more with our church family and to reaching our local parish. During the summer, you may remember that we ran two events, the Family Treasure Hunt and the Bug Hunt. Unfortunately the weather was completely against us for our Treasure Hunt, meaning that wellies and waterproofs were required. This however didn’t put people off and we still had 16 brave souls that came along to have a go at our Hunt, 7 of which were not linked to St Giles’. We had some great feedback and are looking forward to running something similar next year! Fortunately for our Bug Hunt the weather was much more on our side, 36 people attended and the majority of people brought a picnic with them which they sat and ate around the memorial stone, enjoying time together.
It is an exciting time at the moment with a lot going on and I hope it’s the beginning of some really valuable work at St Giles’. If you feel that you may have something to offer to or would like to support any of the upcoming events that I have mentioned, I would love to speak to you. My email as always is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would really love to hear from you.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers,
Jen Watson, St Giles’ Children’s and Families’ Development Worker