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FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S OUTREACH: THE CONTINUED VISION
For the past two and a half years John Wilson has been our Family & Children's Worker (FCW). Many of you will know him and may have been involved in activities that he has organised.
What has been achieved?
Messy Church celebrated its first birthday in January this year. This group meets once a month on a Wednesday afternoon and attracts many families. If you have not attended, you may be forgiven for thinking that this is just an excuse to splash about in paint and glue and other craft activities. It is far more than this: there is predominantly an atmosphere of being in God's presence and learning about His love in a fun way – the sessions include worship and food!
Little Acorns is a short monthly toddler praise service designed for the under-5s. Several families attend this regularly, with new families joining them.
EMC's Got Talent is, as the name suggests, an opportunity for our youngsters to show off their talents (singing, dancing, etc) and provide entertainment for their families and other members of the congregation.
'Safari' is the name adopted for many of the regular events planned for school aged children. Events occur in each of the school holidays, including the week-long Summer Safari, 'Easter Extravaganza', and an 'Alternative to Halloween'. These events attract, not only our own children but even more from outside the church family.
In addition, John has kept in regular contact with all the children's groups (under 11s) meeting on our church premises. These include Genesis, Little Monkeys, Nursery, Rainbows and Brownies, Beavers and Cubs, plus the Sunday groups (Crèche, Sparklers & Pulse). This has meant that these groups know what’s going on and often invite John to participate directly in their activities. He has led sessions for the Cubs and Beavers on several occasions. John has also formed bonds with other FCWs at both local and national level. In this way we are all able to exchange ideas and gain encouragement to strengthen what we do. We have been pleased at the way our congregation has supported these activities. There are now strong support teams for most of these new activities: some of those involved believe that they have now found their 'niche' in this work.
What do we need to do now?
John’s contract is for three years, so it is coming to an end this August. The Church Council’s vision is that this vital ministry should be extended for a further three years – and we all need to respond now.
The role is not yet self-sustaining and so we would need to raise further funds: £90,000 more is needed over the next three years. Before we began this ministry three years ago we issued a questionnaire to invite members of our congregation to consider what promises they could make to support the venture. When we discovered that there were sufficient monies promised, we were able to proceed to recruitment and the promises were then converted to pledges that have been maintained. Now we are issuing fresh questionnaires to find out if there is sufficient commitment to continue this work. We ask for you prayerful consideration about what you might be able to do, however small or large, and let us know by completing and returning the questionnaire by mid-March. It is only when we jointly respond that we can achieve great things for God's Mission in this place.
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