Updates from our Children Youth & Families Worker
We continue to meet every Sunday morning in the upper hall at 11am: our current theme being ‘Jesus is the light of the world.’
Our Sunday School Christmas Party is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th December and we will be in Church for the family service on the 19th December. Thereafter we will have a 2 week break on Sunday 26th December & again the following week Sunday 2nd January 2022 and restart on Sunday 9th January 2022.
The group continues to meet on a Thursday afternoon from 4.30-6pm in our Glebe St Hall and it is going well. We have around 20 primary school aged children registered & a group of dedicated volunteers & young leaders helping out. We will hold our first Art Group Christmas Party on Thursday 16th December and then have a couple of weeks off restarting again on Thursday 13th January 2022.
The following all age family services are planned for December: it would be great if you were able to join us for some or all of the following – please note carefully the days and times of each service –
- ·All Age Family Advent Service – Sunday 19th December at 11am
- ·Family Christmas Eve Christingle Service – Friday 24th December at 7pm
- ·Christmas Morning Family Service – Saturday 25th December at 10.30am
At this time of year, during the season of Advent, we reflect on the birth of Jesus and may ask ourselves the question what is our greatest need at Christmas? If our greatest need is for information, God would have sent us an educator, if our greatest need is for more money, God would have sent us an economist, if our greatest need is for pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer but our greatest need was and still is forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.
As Christmas comes closer let us remember its true meaning and keep Jesus at the centre of our celebrations. Here is a reflective poem for you to consider:-
The U in Jesus
Before U were thought of or time had begun, God had stuck U in the name of His Son
And each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true, you can’t spell out Jesus and not include U
U are a pretty big part of His wonderful name - for U he was born, that’s why he came
And His great love for U is the reason he died, it even takes U to spell crucified.
Isn’t it thrilling and splendidly grand that he rose from the dead with U in His plan?
The stones rolled away, the gold trumpet blew, and the word resurrection is spelt with a U.
Go into the world and tell them it’s true that I love everyone – just like I love U.
He’d like them to know, but it all starts with U, will U pass it on? – Remember Jesus loves U!!
In closing, can I thank most sincerely all the leaders, volunteers & helpers who have assisted at any of our activities and events for children, young people and families over the past year - without you and your outstanding contribution none of the above would be possible. Thank you all very much indeed.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and blessed New Year.
Sadly, it has been decided that, unless the current restrictions relax sufficiently to allow us to continue safely, we have postponed the following, possibly until the new year :
Family Film Afternoons
The start of our new P5-P7 Youth Group and other planned new initiatives and
Monthly Family fun events (e.g., the Family Beetle Drive scheduled for October)
A Plea for Help
If you or you know of anyone who would be interested in helping out at any of the above events / activities once they are able to restart, please let me know and I will arrange to speak to them and provide more information. This will not be a lifetime commitment but if enough people come forward, we can operate a rota system to suit the needs / commitments of any interested person(s).
In closing can I thank most sincerely all the volunteers & helpers, who help and assist - without their outstanding contribution none of the above would be possible.
Please keep all the children, young people & their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Iain (Children, Youth & Families Worker)
From October EKO
Our new session officially began on Sunday 22nd August.
We currently have a weekly Zoom Sunday School session at 9am, an in-person Sunday School session in the upper hall at 11am and a weekly children’s art group at 4.30pm on a Thursday afternoon in the Glebe St Hall.
We ran a Messy Church session in September and had planned to run these monthly as well as family film afternoons and family fun events but following our Messy Church session at which we had 27 people and 8 families we have decided to postpone any further monthly family events until the new year or until the current restrictions / guidelines allow us to hold these sessions in a way in which the family experience can be enriched.
We currently get an average of 15 children / young people join us on a Sunday morning either on Zoom or in person. We are using 'Spill the Beans' teaching material which has a distinct Scottish flavour and is written by contributors, some of whom who are known to us, and this material is currently serving us very well.
Family Service – Harvest Thanksgiving - Sunday 10th October
All children and families who attend any of our groups will be invited to join us at this family service. The children will participate in the service as well producing art work for the well-known hymn: “Who put the colours in the rainbow” which will feature during the service. Hopefully it will be a busy, noisy, but joyous and blessed occasion and I am sure the congregation will welcome the children and their families to this service.
Prize Giving Service – Sunday 24th October
As we haven’t had such an event for quite a while, we thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge and celebrate the children’s loyalty, dedication and achievements particularly during the past 18 months of the Covid pandemic. As such we will present each child / young person with an age-appropriate Bible during the service on 24th October.
The group meet on a Thursday afternoon from 4.30-6pm in our Glebe St 13 Hall and it is going superbly well. We have 24 primary school aged children registered & a group of dedicated volunteers & young leaders helping out. Our average weekly attendance has been 20 and judging by the noise, laughter, smiling faces as well as the outstanding arts and crafts produced, the children are having a great time.
A Plea for Help:
Once the restrictions allow and it is safe to do so, I would like to start 2 new groups (a Youth Group for P5-P7 children and a Sports Group) and have monthly family events such as Messy Church, Family Film afternoons, Fun Family events etc.
But to start such groups or hold monthly events / activities will take a team of willing volunteers / helpers – so if you or anyone you know would be interested in helping out at any of the above events / activities, please let me know and I will arrange to speak to them and provide them with more information etc. This will not be a lifetime commitment but hopefully if enough people come forward, we can operate a rota system to suit the needs / commitments of any interested person(s) and we can also arrange training as required.
In closing it would be very remiss of me not to thank all the volunteers & helpers, not forgetting our young helpers, who help and assist, and without their outstanding contribution none of the above would be possible. My grateful thanks and gratitude to all of them. Please keep all the work we do and have planned over the next few months with our children, young people and families in your thoughts and prayers and I want to say thank you for your continued prayers, support and encouragement. I really value and appreciate them.