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