Our Go Global! 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 KMC, and once again it was a joy to be a part of.
I believe that everyone who came along, whether to help, support or take part, had a wonderful time of fellowship, fun, games and activity.
The Holiday Club ran from Saturday 18 July – Wednesday 22 July and the Sunday Celebration Service took place on the second day of holiday club, which meant that the congregation really were participating in the holiday club activities as they were happening! After the service we went down onto the green for a Go Global Barbecue. There was a great turnout for the barbecue and the feedback from the service, as always, was very positive. This, I believe, is very much down to the skills and talents of the many people both from St Philips and KMC who make it such a wonderful thing to be a part of. And if we lack any talent, we very much make up for it with enthusiasm!
To-date we have not met to decide on a theme and begin the preparations for this year’s holiday club (although thinking of Tim Peake – outer space does seem to be quite topical this year), but we would appreciate the continued support of the people from St Philips and the Methodist Church, as well as your prayers for another successful, well-attended club. As ever I will be in touch nearer the time!
After the summer break we recommenced our normal Sunday morning Splash sessions using Roots material.
Splash continues to support our sponsored child, Pingwende, 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 prayers for Mothering Sunday.
Splash is indebted to Ro Cowell for organising the materials needed to help the children make Christingles for the Service, to Mary Diggle and her team for organising the Mothering Sunday flowers and to Fiona Wall and her team who support Splash each week. Not forgetting Paul Kennaugh, for being a good sport and agreeing to play whatever songs we come up with for the nativity! We would like to record our gratitude to everyone involved in all of the activities mentioned above.
With regard to the nativity, we feel that the interactive approach we have adopted over the last 2 years really engages the congregation and, as a result of our Deal or No Deal nativity in 2014, we had an extra couple of children volunteer to star in last year’s nativity – “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here …”, which was presented by Ant and Dec. Other celebrities are available, so watch out for who may be invited along this year! As ever though, the children were the stars of the show and considering that we only do 2 rehearsals, they do a brilliant job, which always fills the church.
Not forgetting the crib service organised by Dawn, Mary and Keren, which was again much appreciated by both school and pre-school children. It is always a real pleasure to see church full of their excited faces and happy chatter. This year we had a visit from Barney Bear, brought along by Rev Sue who helped our own puppets Bertie and Lucy to tell the Christmas story to the young kids. This provided a great link and encouraged a lot more of the attendees at Barney's to join us for the crib service. It is already pencilled in the diary for 8 December this year, so come and join in the excitement. A great outreach to our village.
Thank you …
I would therefore like to record my thanks for all the hard work and support the Splash Team have given to St Philip’s and the children over the past 12 months, not forgetting the wider network of people who come along to Holiday Club and just agree to do whatever is asked of them. Thank you!
Jacquie Macaulay on behalf of The Splash Team
Whatever group is taking a (hopefully) temporary pause and all the leaders are actively involved elsewhere at St Philip's.
Youth Club continues under the coordination of Ann Barnett. The leaders (Ann, Jacquie, Jane and myself) met recently with Peter to discuss minor revisions of the club constitution and job descriptions for the leaders and helpers, which will go now to the first meeting of the new PCC and then out to parents and supporters.
We have held a number of well attended club meetings at the Community Centre and Jacquie has organised trips out bowling and to the Panto. A few parents and volunteers have helped occasionally, which is encouraging as it really does make a difference and the club is clearly valued by a lot of young people.
We will, in the short term, continue to focus on the year 7s and 8s, while it is great to see so many move on to do their Duke of Edinburgh's Award under the guidance of Pete Moore and Elaine Shakspeare.
As to the future, we have equipment and resources, as ever just need a few more people to lead and help. There is so much potential in this!
It reminds me once more of Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. "