Hello again all, welcome back to the Children’s and Families’ Work update. As I am writing this, the sun is shining, and it feels like winter might actually be at an end! I hope you all managed to survive the Easter break and are looking forward to a warm Summer Term. Here’s what we’ve been up to and what we have to look forward to.
During April we have been continuing our work with the Youth Café, including running a trial session out of term time. We were really happy to see some of our usual young people along with their friends that cannot usually make it along! We are continuing to run on a Monday afternoon during term time (along with some school holidays) from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Please note that we will be closed on Monday May 7th for the bank holiday.
Busy Little Fingers is still being well received within our 11.30am service on the second Sunday of each month. The children take part in some crafts, colouring and activities. During April we trialled our very own ‘mini kids talk’ during the time of the usual preach. We’re trialling this to try and give the children an opportunity to hear the main scripture on their level, with a chance to ask questions. Alongside the activities we have available, we are hoping that this will give them a real chance to understand the message of the day. This took place in the Bell Tower in the back of church and we will be doing this again in May. If you or your children have any comments about the mini talk, I would love to hear them. I am also looking at the moment to start involving families in the setting up and planning of Busy Little Fingers each month, so if this is something that you would want to take part in, please send me an email! Our next Busy Little Fingers is happening on the 13th May.
We are very excited to have started planning the Great Get Together for Sunday 10th June! It will take place on the green next to our Main Hall from 1pm onwards. There will be lots of family friendly activities including face painting, a bouncy castle, games, a BBQ and more. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming date. All you will need to bring is yourselves, some friends, your own chairs or blanket and a picnic!
Messy Church will be taking place on the 29th April and this time we are looking at the story of Joseph and his technicolour dream coat. With lots of crafts, activities, stories, songs and food, it is such fun for all the family. It starts at 3.30pm and ends at 5.30pm, hopefully with some tired and fed children that are ready for bed! It is a free event and takes place in our Main Hall. We would really appreciate it if you could spread the word to your friends and neighbours.
The next ‘Family Gathering’ is happening on the 27th May in the Vicarage at a slightly earlier time of 4.30pm – 6pm. This will be a bring and share cold buffet, so please bring along with you anything that you and your family would like to share! Please contact me on my email or phone if you can make it.
You may have already seen the adverts but there is a very special Centenary Festival Event happening on Saturday 5th May at Coventry Cathedral from 10.30am – 4pm. There will be free admission to the cathedral, a chance to meet the Archbishop, free guided tours, a big Messy Church, a performance, times of worship, stories, picnic eucharist, activities for families, prayer stations, free tea and coffee, exhibitions and birthday cake! I think you’ll agree, that’s quite the list! It looks to be a fantastic day out and a wonderful celebration.
Have a wonderful May and I look forward to seeing you all at our events!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jen Watson, St Giles’ Children’s and Families’ Development Worker