Childrens' Ministry

Childrens' Ministry – Report for 2016

2015 has seen a steady growth in the number of children and their parents attending Messy Church. We meet on the 1st Friday of every month bar August. We have heard stories about King David, Joshua and his epic battle in Jericho and Abraham; we've discovered more about Jesus as the Light of the world. We've heard parables and miracles. The stories are followed up by craft activities and cooking. We've iced biscuits and made candle crackers, we've designed bookmarks and made models and keyrings . We begin with a snack then have our time of worship which includes a story and sometimes a song; we have "show and tell" at the end and close with a prayer and a summery of what we've been finding out about. It is difficult to put a figure on the number attending- anything from a dozen to 36 children together with their parents/carers. It is a pleasure and a privilege to lead the group and my thanks go out to all the helpers those in the kitchen; those on craft and registration and to Richard and Andrew for organising the games. We had a Messy Church Good Friday which was terrifically well attended and a Messy Church Nativity.

Holiday Club took place at Easter and pre Christmas in 2015. Holiday Club is now running like a very long Messy Church session but without parents- much the same team help. You have to be a very dedicated teacher to walk out of the classroom for the holidays and 2 days later be running Holiday Club and i'm grateful to Jen, Jenny, Kirsty, Becky and Sally for doing just that. And what would we do without Joyce in the kitchen. All our other helpers deserve a special pat on the back too. The numbers were good again in 2015 and much more in- depth work can be achieved when you have a whole day to explore your theme. This Christmas we stuck to the angels story and how they viewed the Nativity.

Sunday Club continues usually twice a month at St Saviour’s during the 10.45 a.m. Holy Communion service.  A number of children regularly attend.  Sessions are led by a small and dedicated team of church members.  The children enjoy showing the congregation what they have been doing and learning about at the end of the service.

Jayne Mottershead