Hello again! Welcome back to the monthly update, a place where you can find out what’s been happening and what’s upcoming in the Children’s and Family Work.
The first update that I’d like to bring to you today is that we held our second Messy Church at the end of January and whilst our numbers were slightly down, we had a fantastic session, seeing some familiar faces and meeting quite a few new ones too. The session was well run by our small team of excellent volunteers that really put so much effort into making this event happen. Our Messy Church Team has lost a couple of volunteers due to various reasons and so we are looking for people to come and join us. It is once every three months and I hope the volunteers will tell you how much fun we have! Please consider lending some time to this event, where we try to reach out and get to know the wider community. The next Messy Church will run on the 29th April from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and we are really looking forward to it!
I’d also like to update you on our Busy Little Hands service. We are still running on the 2nd Sunday of each Month during the 11.30am service, however we are changing the name of the service to Busy Fingers. It will be the same set up with lots of activities for children (and adults if they wish) to have a go at, just a different name. The next service will be on the 11th March and is a very child friendly service. If you know of anyone with small people that would like to try a church service made for kids, this would be a great one for them to try so please do direct people towards this!
We also have a new style of Sunday School during the 9.30am service, which has been running since the beginning of January this year. Run by Emily Good, it involves a lot of crafts, games and stories. They are currently looking at the life of Moses and will be looking at different ‘Bible Superheroes’ across the year.
We have now finished our first after school group named the ‘Super Story Tellers’, where we got to spend an hour each week with 10 pupils at Wheelwright Lane School from Years 3 and 4. We had so much fun at this group looking at 4 different Old Testament Bible stories. We acted out the story, made props, played games, sang songs and had snack together each week. We are so sad that it has come to an end, however the children were brave enough to act out the story of Jonah in front of the rest of their school for us this week and we are very proud of how much they remembered of the story and message and how well they did. So, whilst it is with sadness that we leave this club at Wheelwright Lane, we are excited to be starting a new afterschool club at St Giles’ Junior School after half term. It will be the same fun sessions, however we have changed the name to ‘J Squad’ for this school and we are covering 5 weeks instead of 4. Feel free to let us know which name you prefer! This club is open to children in Year 3 to Year 6 and so we are excited to work with some older kids too.
We are very blessed to have some wonderful volunteers that are continuing to help with our next group, but I am sad to say that we will be losing Janet Christopher as she and her husband Howard move to Cardiff to be closer to family. They are a wonderfully dedicated couple, Howard has been involved in numerous things within the church, but I just want to take this opportunity to honour Janet and thank her for the work she has done in helping the Children’s and Families’ work to grow. We have really valued her ideas, enthusiasm and energy and she will be greatly missed!
Last, but not least we held our first Youth Café on Monday 12th February. We held this in the Small Hall from 3.30pm – 4.30pm and will be holding it every Monday after school plus some school holidays. Within the Hall we have our table tennis table, a café area with small table games to play and a chill out zone with cushions and inflatable sofas. In the café we are serving snacks and drinks for under 50p along with free squash drinks. Please spread the word about this activity as we feel that providing this safe space to come and relax with friends can be really valuable for young people on their way home. Again, we are still looking for volunteers for this café, it does not have to be every week by any means, any help would be appreciated.
Thank you so much for reading through our update, please signpost any young people or families to any or all of these activities. We would love to meet more of our local community.
As ever, contact me with any questions on email@example.com,
Jen Watson, St Giles’ Children’s and Families’ Development Worker