July is here and summer is well and truly on the way. I forgot to mention in our June edition of the magazine that I have now been in post for a year, it has flown by so quickly. We have made so many new relationships with local families and young people during this time, and not to mention the fun that we have had together! I want to begin by thanking the wonderful Children’s, Families’ and Youth Volunteers. Without their valuable time, energy and input being contributed, we wouldn’t be able to reach these new families within our community and I really am so thankful to every member of our ever-growing team.
So now I am heading towards my second summer here at St Giles’, and with this in mind, we have an exciting programme of events to let you know about. Whilst we are still finalising the details of these events, please get these dates in to your diary and like our Facebook page to keep up to date with what is going on across the summer!
We would absolutely love to see you, your friends and family at these events. It will be a great chance for us to get to know some more families from our local community and an opportunity to have a really good nosey around our buildings and grounds!
Alongside looking forward to these very exciting events, we are also planning our next Messy Church for Sunday 22nd July from 3.30pm to 5.30pm! As usual this will be a free event and we will be looking at the story of Moses, the ten plagues and the escape from Egypt. There will be food, crafts, games, songs and a whole lot of fun. Bring your friends and neighbours and join us for some giggles as we explore the story of Moses together.
We are continuing with our Youth Café on a Monday afternoon from 3.30pm – 4.30pm until the end of the summer term. The last one will be on Monday 16th July before the schools break up for the summer break. As I mentioned above, we have two extended Youth Cafés on the 30th July and 20th August and we would love to spend some time with our local youth from across the community at both of these! Those children that are going up into Year 7 in September would be most welcome to come along and see us too at either of these dates.
Our next Busy Little Fingers Service will be on 8th July where we will be bringing an interactive approach to the 11.30am Sunday Service with crafts and activities for our young people (and older if they fancy it!) to take part in during the service. During our June Busy Little Fingers we had a look at running the Christian race, and what we might like our medals to say on them when we get to the end! We also had some fun designing our own running shoes for the race ahead.
We were so thrilled by the turn out for our Great Get Together and I think a great time was had by all. Thank you to those who were praying alongside me for the weather, we got just the right amount of sunshine. I had to include a photo of what we got up to with our parachute during the afternoon, rather too much fun you’ll notice!
So that is my update over and out for another month, looking forward to letting you know what we’ve been up to next month!
Please like our Facebook page if you don’t already and let people know about the events that we are putting on here at St Giles’. We absolutely love meeting new families from our parish and hope to welcome more across the summer.
See you soon,
As ever, contact me with any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Watson, St Giles’ Children’s and Families’ Development Worker