Caz Gatehouse has exciting news about our children’s groups
Zoom groups and meetings, filming, editing: all things I would never have thought of as being part of my work. To be honest, I had never heard of Zoom before the pandemic got underway!! And whilst I would be the first to agree that none of these things beat seeing people face-to-face, I am grateful for the access we have had to technology (as frustrating as it is at times!) to be able to keep in touch and ‘see’ each other over these long 15 months of lockdowns and restrictions!
Baby and toddler group
But as the restrictions are easing it’s great to be starting to get back to meeting up in person! Our toddler group has been going for a few weeks, now in a slightly different form. We call it Toddler Group Meet-up and meet outside, if the weather is good, or in the Link. Over the 15 months the babies have become toddlers and the toddlers have started school!! We look forward to welcoming new families into our toddler group over the coming weeks and months!
Sunday morning groups are coming back!
Our Sunday children’s work is due to get underway soon! We will start after half term, on Sunday 13 June, with a party-style session to welcome everyone back!! It will be so good to see you all!!
As we continue to have to follow the guidelines, you will need to book a place for your children by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a text message to 07948 799332. This is so we can set out tables and chairs and have resources all ready in advance. Adults will need to wear face masks. Any parents who may want to stay in with their children (especially those younger children who may be a little unsure of coming at first) need to book a place for themselves as well. To begin with, we will just have two groups, one in the upstairs hall and one downstairs.
Join the team
Our team is a little depleted at the moment so we are looking for people to join us! So if you have a passion to share with others about Jesus and to help our children to walk in his ways, then please do get in touch to find out how you can get involved!
Messy Church will continue online at the moment, largely because we now need to rebuild a team!! Though, during the summer, I am planning to do a couple of ‘Messy Meet-Ups’. This will be a social time to meet up in the church garden – bring your own picnic and we will play a few games and give out craft bags. The crafts will link to the story and theme of the online session. Look out for dates and times of these – when the weather gets more settled!
Please pray for those involved in the children’s work, for others to come forward to join the teams, and especially for the children and families as they get back into the rhythm of ‘coming to church’ again!!
Caz Gatehouse, children’s minister