Published by Sam Swyer on Mon, 23 Jul 2018 07:00

With school breaking up for the long summer holidays on Friday, this week has seen the last meeting of many of our youth groups until September.

On Thursday morning St Peter & St Paul's was filled with the sounds of children laughing and playing as the toddler group met in the Lady Chapel for the last time before the school holidays began. We have been absolutely delighted that this has been able to continue since the closure of the Parish Rooms and are incredibly grateful to the team of volunteers who have worked so hard to make this work - Thank you! 

Early on Saturday morning Guitar Club met at the Lady Chapel for the last of this terms lessons. They all really enjoy meeting with Chris Newman, our Youth and Families Minister and hopefully they will be playing at a service soon. The next Guitar Club is scheduled for Saturday 8th September at 9.20am. (Please bring your own guitar and a grown up!)

On Sunday morning Chris was back at St Peter & St Paul's, this time with the help of his puppets, to talk to the children about Mary Magdalene. They then left the main service for some lively worship in the Benefice Office. It was great to watch the children getting involved in the discussion then singing, dancing and clapping along to Chris' guitar. This will take a break over the summer but should be back on Sunday 9th September. 

The Junior Choir performed two songs during the 10.30am service, the congregation were treated to 'Morning Has Broken' & 'Siyahamba', it really was beautiful and proof that they must have been working very hard during their weekly practices.

During the afternoon St John's, Poulner was a hive of activity. Messy Church families enjoyed crafts, worship and a picnic and later the Reboot Room Youth Club celebrated the start of the summer holidays with games and a barbeque.  Both return in September - Please look out for the dates online and in future noticesheets.

So much work goes into planning and running these Youth & Families groups during the year, it seems right to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with this very valuable area of ministry. Hopefully these volunteers will return after the summer break feeling as refreshed as the children.

Thank you!

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