I am so glad to report that our first Messy Church in October was indeed a success! We had 100 people in attendance, 31 families came to join us in our activities – more than we had anticipated, in fact we had to send out for more food. What a great problem to have! We were incredibly blessed and had an utterly enjoyable time, spending time with lots of new families and familiar faces. Thank you so much to those of you that came to join us or that spread the word about Messy Church. There were 10 activities available for adults and children to take part in, followed by our celebration time and then we finished with some food together Hot Dogs and Pumpkin Pie.
We had a fantastic team of 16 volunteers that oversaw all of our activities, celebration time and all of the food. The event couldn’t have worked without them and I am so thankful for the time and efforts that they put into serving.
I am currently preparing for the next Messy Church which will be on Sunday 28th January in the Main Hall from 3.30pm 5.30pm where we will be looking at Jacob’s ladder. If you would like to volunteer at this event please get in touch as we’d love to have more people on board.
Since the last issue we have also had our first Family Get Together which was really well received. Jacket Potatoes were served for all and each family provided a pudding to share. After we had eaten, we took part in a family challenge followed by a short devotion time. It was wonderful to watch the children from each of the different families getting to know each other, building friendships and likewise us parents too. I am really enjoying getting to know everyone at St Giles and found the Families Get Together a great space to chat and have the conversations that we don’t normally have time for after a Sunday Service. Our next Family Get Together will take place on 25th February in the Small Hall from 5pm 6.30pm. I encourage you to please come along if possible and get to know the other families within St Giles. Please drop me a message if you would like to come along so I can make sure I provide enough food!
We have had some exciting news within the Childrens and Families Ministry we have had some funding approved to begin a Youth Cafe here at St Giles in the new year. We are looking to set this Cafe up in one of our church halls from February. It will be for an hour after school, aimed at those on their way home from Ash Green, one night a week during term time. We are planning for it to be a place for young people to drop in, get a drink and a snack and then be able to sit and chat with their friends and with us. However, I am in need of help in running this! If you think that you would be interested in giving an hour and a half of your time per week and are available during afternoons, I would love to hear from you. Watch this space for more news about our Cafe, or please get in touch with any questions.
We are also in the process of designing an After School Club at the moment which we will take into schools within the parish from January. We are creating 5 sessions based around Bible stories which we will use with one group of children for 5 weeks. After we have completed our 5 weeks with the first group, we will take on either another year group within the same school or take the club to a different school and run the same sessions. We are very excited about this and if you feel that this would be something you would like to get involved with, as usual please get in touch as I’d love to discuss it with you.
We are still trialling new things and tweaking things so please bear with us whilst we figure out what will best suit us as a church and our wider community. Busy Little Hands will continue to be part of the 11.30am All Age Worship once a month, on the 4th Sunday, so please continue to point people in this direction if they have small children that may appreciate a crafty, hands on, child friendly service.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fantastic Christmas!
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.