Children and Young People

Last summer St Philip’s and Kelsall Methodist Churches collaborated once again to put on a holiday club for primary age children in Kelsall and surrounding villages. The holiday club is a great example of both churches working successfully together, and in particular, Beth Ferrigno from the Methodist Church, stepped in to organise and co-ordinate the holiday club, and to galvanise the team into action, with the resulting successful Adventure Cruise Holiday Club. The club ran 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.
The last day of the holiday club coincided with the Sunday Celebration Service thereby involving the congregation in the holiday club activities as they were happening! After the service, as has become tradition over the last few years, we then congregated on the Green for the annual holiday club barbecue, which is up and running at the end of the service.
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, and have also taken on a second child, a boy called Anik. This is organised and co-ordinated by Val Poyser.
Alongside our normal Splash mornings, we also engage the children in special activities, for example: making special cards for Mothering Sunday, helping to make up Christingle packs, for our SPACE Christingle service, and rehearsing and performing in our annual nativity.
Despite not having as many children as in previous years, we were still able to put on a nativity last year, and as ever, the children were the stars of the show.
Splash is indebted to Kath Roberts and Ro Cowell, for organising the materials needed to help the children make Christingles last year, and to Dawn Wisbey our nativity pianist, and of course, the many people from both churches who bring our holiday club to life and make church a fun place to be for the children. Please record my gratitude to everyone who stepped in to help with the children’s work in anyway last year, it is very much appreciated. Jacquie Macaulay
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The D of E group continues to prosper and grow. The Kelsall group operate under the umbrella of St Philip’s for support such as insurance, DBS processes and checks, using the lounge (and Methodist premises) for meetings. Several church members are leaders, notably Elaine Shakspeare and Daniel Gaskarth, and some church parents are involved, notably Jane Knight leading the steering group.
In 2017 the young people achieved 23 bronze and 14 silver awards, and 12 are making progress with their gold awards. There were 5 major expeditions, the last one being a combined Silver and Gold event with a record 30 young people under canvas, all at one site on one of the nights. In 2018 enrolment has continued to be high (21 bronze, 16 silver and 6 new gold). The annual Awards morning service was held on 4th February with a church full of young people and their families.
John Diggle p.p. Elaine Shakspeare
Whatever Group / Youth Club
Over the past year, it has been great to set up and run a Sunday morning group for the young people of secondary school age; the name chosen by these young people is the 'Whatever Group' (as it was years before!). It has been even more exciting to invite young people from KMC to be part of this group; in order to make this possible, we have taken our young people to their buildings each Sunday. This has worked well, and we have been made very to feel very welcome by members of the KMC congregation. We have typically had four to six young people each week, with two of these regularly coming from KMC; however, there are a number of young people at KMC who will be going to secondary school next academic year, so these numbers are likely to increase soon. Initially, we looked at Scripture Union booklets related to preparing for secondary school, which helped the young people to consider their expectations, hopes and fears and how to be Christians in this new environment. We have subsequently been using Roots materials, which involve Bible studies, dramas and other activities related to the passages covered in the churches each week. The Friday night Youth Club continues to go well, with up to 20 young people from Years 7 to 9 (aged 11-14) attending the fortnightly meetings in the Community Centre. The Youth Club is now led by Bethany Spray (with the support of a few helpers), who has successfully organised a range of activities including making slime (this was a definite favourite!) and a great pudding competition! We plan to go into Kelsall School to speak to the current Year 6 pupils soon, to seek to recruit new young members. It would be really helpful to have some additional adult helpers, so if you are interested (even in just coming along occasionally), please do get in touch.
Keren Coney