Hello, happy autumn everyone!
As I mentioned in the last magazine, a big portion of my time during October has been filled with the upcoming Messy Church! Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It’s all age, it’s fun and its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. We’ll be having crafts, an informal celebration time and having a meal together. No matter how far along in your journey of faith you are, or if you have no faith at all but want to come along, everyone is welcome! By the time you read this, this first Messy Church will have happened and I am hoping that I will be able to tell you how great a success it was in the next issue, so watch this space! Our theme for the Messy Church is harvest and we will be looking at Jesus feeding the 5000. All of our crafts and activities are linked to harvest and we are really looking forward to sharing some time with families from the community. The next Messy Church will be on January 28th at 3.30pm – 5.30pm, please spread the word and if you couldn’t volunteer for our October date but would like to for our next on, please get in touch with me as we’d love to have you on board.
We are continuing our ‘Busy Little Hands’ services once a month and are receiving great feedback from the kids who are enjoying being able to learn about the weeks message in a creative, hands on way. We are continuing to look for fun things for our kids to take part in during the services, so come along to an 11.30 service and have a look at what we’re up to.
We trialled our first Parents’ Social Evening in September, and whilst we had a great time, slightly disappointingly there were not many of us there. We had a great game of skittles, enjoyed some conversation and sampled some delicious puddings too. The next Social Evening will be on November 26th from 7.30pm – 9pm in the Small Hall. I would love to see you there and for us all to get to know each other a little more.
As I write, we are looking forward to our first ‘Family Get Together’. We are sharing a meal, some fun and a little bit of discussion together as families, involving the children in conversations about different aspects and teachings from the bibles and allowing a great space for questions, for adults as well as children!
I will be attending the Christmas Bazaar on the 18th November in the Small Hall with some crafts for kids to have a go at during the afternoon. I am really looking forward to getting involved with the Christmas schedule at St Giles in the coming months
We are currently trying to organise a date for a Christmas Volunteers Social for our Children and Families’ Volunteers this year. I am so thankful for the time and effort everyone has volunteered towards our projects so far and am really looking forward to having a chance to thank and celebrate with everyone!
Thank you for your continued support in the new things we are trying,
As ever, contact me with any questions on email@example.com,
Jen Watson, St Giles’ Children’s and Families’ Development Worker
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07598 861667.