Welcome to a new year with Super Jesus Club! We are kicking off this year with some parables from Jesus under the theme of ‘Love Stories’. We’ve not covered these for many years although they are mostly pretty familiar ones. We’ll be trying to help our children grow the skills to unlock the hidden meaning that Jesus wove into these stories as well as sharing some of what we have discovered. For more about our general approach to our ministry with children head on over to the website www.standrewskids.co.uk
The rest of the programme is still in the planning except that at Christmas, we will be looking at Christmas! On that note, we are always looking for people to help create and plan the Nativity, which needs a new and novel idea every year! Do let one of us know if you would like to be involved. I’ll be sending out the rotas next week.
About half of the children change groups each year. Hopefully you know whether your child is moving up a group but it’s not a big thing and we will make sure they know which they are in. We are swapping JIGSAW and Acorns around so JIGSAW will be using the small room downstairs along with the garden and kitchen. The Acorns children will, initially, spend less time in the All Together and will use the bigger space to have more freedom of choice in activities.
The bit in Church is something that a number of people have been thinking about recently. This is a time for ‘intergenerational church’ to happen i.e. where we serve each other across the ages and worship God together. A few years ago we created the soft area at the front of church to give the youngest children a space where they could be free to move about a bit and to feel more at home in the church. As the children have grown up, they have so enjoyed being in this space that it is now overcrowded and for some of the older children, it is now making it harder for them to engage with what is going on. Having talked with some parents about this and with the staff team, I would like to ask that we keep this space for the under fives as much as is possible. My suggestion is that older children sit just a little further back in the front of the Nave (incentive to get there early!) and try to follow the service using the (many) papers that we use (bring on the screens!). My experience of doing this with Ben (and others in his year too) is that they have enjoyed using the song sheets/books/service cards etc and then later on we have been able to leave them to sit by the pillars and be more independant. I hope that this make sense to you and do talk to me about it if you want to.
Let’s Play Spirituality Weekend: http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/lupsw/
Some of the team are going on this weekend but I think will be really useful for anyone bringing up children to know and love Jesus so have a look and think about coming along!
Finally, back to this Sunday which is the last 10.30am service. We have our first SJ Club and then at 12pm it’s the church meeting. At this point, please collect any Seedlings (créche children) but all the other under 11’s can stay for some SJ Club extra!
Keep checking the website for updates, musings, information and events. Looking forward to a great term walking in faith with our children and knowing Jesus more each day.