CHILDREN & YOUTH WORK
As you know, a huge amount of work goes into organising the holiday club every year – from all of the background preparation, painting backdrops, making teleporting machines, planning and buying craft materials, games, learning scripts- the list goes on and last year was no exception. The Starship Discovery Holiday Club ran successfully for 5 days with 40+ children. All the songs, bible dramas, puppet shows, crafts, decoration, games, and Watt family dramas were organised, performed and run by members of St Philips and the KMC. I feel that I say the same things every year, but for me it is the highlight of the year, and a privilege to be part of.
Last year it ran from Thursday 21 July – Monday 25 July, and the Sunday Celebration Service took place on the fourth day of holiday club, which meant that the congregation really were participating in the holiday club activities as they were happening! After the service, as has become tradition over the last couple of years, we then congregated on the Green for a barbecue, which seems to magically just happen, but as we all know is down to the hard work, dedication and willingness of the people in our churches. You are a great team of people, and I would like to record my gratitude for all of your help and support – I’m afraid to list names for fear of leaving someone out, but you know who you are!
After the Summer break, we recommenced our normal Sunday morning Splash sessions using Roots material.
Additionally, we continue to support our sponsored child, Pingwende through Splash, which is co-ordinated by Val Poyser.
Alongside our normal Splash mornings, we also engage the children in special activities, which include our all-age Harvest Festival service, Christingle, the Crib service, the nativity, and Mothering Sunday activities.
Splash is indebted to Ro Cowell for organising the materials needed to help the children make Christingles for the Service, and to Kath Roberts for organising our ‘mini christingles’ for Splash’s Christmas tree, and Jo Mackriell for literally being prepared to play any song requested for the nativity! We would like to record our gratitude to everyone involved in all the activities mentioned above.
We tried a ‘ready-made’ nativity last year, which I feel was not as successful as previous years, however, as ever, the children were the stars of the show, and considering that we only do 2 rehearsals, they did a brilliant job.
Other Youth Work
Youth club has continued on. Currently under the coordination of Bethany Spray there have been a number of different activities at the Community Centre over the past year.
We will be re thinking what to do with the input from all interested parties over the coming months but a big thank you to all those who help and lead activities (including the vicar). Those that come really value it.
The Duke of Edinburgh awards group has a record number of participants this year and it was great to see so many awards presented at the recent service as well as so many young people at St Philip’s.