Three churches’ children’s groups have been nominated for this years Children’s Work Cup: St Mary the Virgin, Weldon, St Andrew’s Wellingborough, and St Columba, Corby.
The Resourcing Evangelism Among CHildren (REACH) group will be meeting to determine which of the nominees will become this year’s winner.
The nominees are:
St Columba Corby wanted to work with Woodnewton Primary School. The curate, Nat White, started by taking in a basket of fruit as a ‘no-strings’ gift for the staff. This led to her having coffee with the headteacher, which then led to them asking St Columba for a venue for Stay and Play for carers and under fives. This led into Funky Fun with Food.
The School’s Early Years Children’s Team runs the sessions and volunteers from St Columba serve tea, coffee, homemade biscuits and a home cooked meal.
Parents have an opportunity to spend time playing with their children and to support one another. The children have space to play, and enjoy a good lunch. Recipes are given out so parents can cook the meals at home. Attendance can be as high as 40. Many of the parents and carers asked for the group to continue after the summer holidays.
The Northampton community Foundation made a grant of £5,000 towards the costof new equipment and toys.
The REACH group considers this work to be innovative. Well done!
There was little children’s ministry in recent times at St Andrew’s, Wellingborough but it has been a priority for the vicar since she arrived in 2015.
They started by setting up a children’s corner at the back of the church to show that children were welcome both in the building and at services.
They then launched a weekly Tots group followed quickly by a Sunday School. One member of the team has taken the Diocesan Certificate in Children’s Ministry to broaden her experience to lead children better.
Now they are planning to launch a Messy Church in July. These developments are rapid, exciting and bearing fruit.
The REACH group is delighted with the rapid progress this parish has made to welcome the children in their community.
Children and Young people are given special attention at St Mary the Virgin, Weldon.
People involved with leading children’s activities invited Rona, the Children’s Missioner, to lead a training session and one leader was then inspired to take the new training module in Family Ministry.
Junior and young leaders are being identified and encouraged to attend the Inspire leadership programmes run by the Diocesan mission team. Younger children are also valued. A new baby and toddler group has been stet-up to reach out to young families in this small village.
The REACH team think Weldon is a good place to be a young Christian.
The winner of the Children’s Work Cup will be announced at the Starburst Children’s Work Conference on Saturday 13 May.
The REACH group exists to encourage parishes to work well with the children in their churches and in the communities beyond. Alan, Beverley, Chris, Sheila and Susan have a wealth of experience that they are happy to share with you. They would also love to hear the story of what is going well in children’s ministry in your area.
The REACH Group is looking to add to their number. Would you like to join this lively group that meets three times a year to talk all things children’s ministry and to help form the shape of STARBURST? Talk to a REACH member or let Rona Orme, Children’s Missioner for Peterborough Diocese, know of your interest. Your experience and enthusiasm are needed.