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If you went down to the church that day you were sure of a big surprise!

 

For outside we gathered (on July 8) for a Teddy Bears’ – and all sorts of cuddly friends’ – picnic. While they sat and made friends,  we spoke about how we can tell our teddies all of our innermost secrets, confess what we have done wrong and know that they will always love us, a bit like God! As we get older, we learn more and our view of our teddy changes. As we grow up, our view of God changes too. We have opportunities to grow in our spiritual commitment and come closer to the Lord. Our choir sang the ‘Gloria’ – you can see them in the picture – and sang hymns and had a lovely time together. We finished off with non-alcoholic ‘Pimms’ and cakes.

Maxine Everitt

Creating Sparks 2016

Each year, the Diocese put on an event, Creating Sparks, for those who work with children.  Kris Lawrence and I have been several times and always find inspiration and affirmation.   I thought that I would share with you some bits, which I found thought provoking and relevant for all of us.

The keynote speaker told us about some research, just off the press, about why we lose so many youngsters – and why some churches keep them.    The research shows that children value being given real roles in the church – including leadership.  They want to feel their voice is heard.  This includes making sure Church is a safe place to ask questions.   However, the thing which hit me was the main finding – the value of relationships.   Young people stay if they make relationships, not just within their own age group, but with the wider congregation.  At St. George’s we’ve been looking at building community – it seems to me this is all the same thing.  Kids are just small people! We all like to make friends but we also need other sorts of relationships.  Many children don’t see their grandparents all that often and many older people miss having children around.   Church is family – so let’s build a strong one!  Let’s value the differences – we recognise not all worship is going to be to everyone’s taste, kids and grown-ups may need different input but if everyone is included somewhere, relationships can blossom.

I went to three workshops, but the same message leapt out at me from each –   A Church with strong relationships is a Church that grows and where the Spirit of the Lord can work.

Maxine Everitt

Can you make room for a nativity set?

Knitting needles have been hard at work across Badshot Lea and Hale as the parish’s first ever ‘Knitivity’ set takes shape ready for Advent.

Mary and Joseph, kings, shepherds and a multitude of sheep are being created for the knitted Nativity set which will tour homes, offices, schools and shops in the run up to Christmas.

The creative project is being coordinated by a member of St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, Kris Lawrence, who is appealing for both knitters and hosts to step forward and make the Knitivity a truly community-based project.

She explained: “Knitivity is all about the journey as we move through Advent towards the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

“Our knitted Mary, Joseph, donkey and other characters will begin their journey from St George’s Church on Advent Sunday – 29th November at 10am. From there they will travel around the parish, staying in a different home each night during Advent, and at each home one of the sheep will be left.

“We hope that during the day they will turn up in some of the more public places within the parish, such as shops, schools and offices. We will chart their journey with pictures on our Facebook page so that everyone can be part of the journey and prepare for Christmas with us.

“Finally, all the sheep will be re-united at the Christmas Day services in church – 9.30am at St John’s, 10am at St George’s and 11am at St Mark’s.

“We would love to hear from any hosts or keen knitters. We will be knitting throughout October and November and everyone is welcome to join in.”

The Revd Lesley Crawley, a priest in the parish, explained: “I hope we will have great fun with Knitivity this Advent. It’s a wonderful way of binding us together as a community as we reflect on the real meaning of Christmas and share hospitality with one another in our homes.”

If you would like to be involved, either by knitting or hosting the Knitivity set then contact Kris on 01252 327832/07876 204665 krislawr@aol.com

St George’s Dragons

Dragons

Would you like to come to a Communion service but worry that your children woud be bored? If so and your children are aged between 4 and 10, then St. George’s Dragons is for you!

The children stay in church for the start of the service and then all go next door together to enjoy singing action songs, playing games, reading bible stories and praying. Please come along on any of the dates below or contact Maxine on 01252 318135 if you have any questions.

The next dates (all at 10am at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, GU9 9LD) are:

26th April

24th May

28th June

25th October

22nd November