We’re back in 2019!
Today we welcome all our families from the long summer holidays! I hope you all had a great break and are ready to have fun in church again.
We have a variety of activities for our younger folk. Kids and teenagers from school year 6 through high school and college attend Youth Group every Sunday morning. David Dwyer is our Youth Minister and is ably helped by Greg and Erica. Every second week the youth are ‘out of church’ for the whole morning, the other weeks they return for communion.
Kids from school year 2 to year 5 generally go to the Upper Room for kids@church. Their teachers are Rev’d Jonathan Cole, Brenton Prosser and Edward Jackson. Kids from 3 years of age to school year 1 go to Wild Honey and are taught by Canon Margaret Emil. We have a great band of parent helpers for both classes. kids@church always return to church for communion with their families.
This year we are starting a new initiative of a play area for under threes in the hall, whilst kids@church is happening. The idea is that if your little one is wriggly and not wanting to be still (let’s face it, that what kids do !), then you can take them to the hall and stay with them for as long as needed. This involves a fair amount of set-up each week, so I’ll be monitoring how often it is used.
During the week there are also kid centred activities. On Tuesdays, mainly music is a music play activity for children and their parents. On Wednesdays, playgroup for really little ones is an opportunity for care givers to gather and relax and help their littlies play with others. On Thursday mornings there is also a mums’ Bible study, where little ones are welcome. If you would like to know more about these activities, please speak with Margaret.
Rev’d Jonathan is also hoping to start an 8 week course about parenting (created by the Alpha mob in England). It is still in the planning stages, if you think you might like to come, please speak with Jonathan. Please pray for the children
nd young people in our care, that they will come to know the great love of God through Jesus in their own lives. Let’s all have a great year!
Canon Margaret Emil