Every year our JAM Celebration and Fun Day celebrates the achievement of those who have been at our after school JAM clubs for this academic year.
This year’s event was extra special as it was the last one with Dean Taylor leading as he steps down as Children and Youth Worker in July after 7 years in this role. In a video played during the service, some our our JAM Club children and Sunday School children told us what they loved about JAM club and how Dean had helped them.
Here are a few pictures from the service (with the inevitable, popular messy game), followed by a barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and fun on the school field.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published a 2017 General Election letter highlighting the place of faith in British life. The full letter can be found on the Church of England website here.
On Sunday 2nd April at our 10.30 service we welcomed Chloe White from Woodrush Sixth form who told us about the project she’ll be working with during her year in Honduras.
Chloe writes,”The work of volunteers with young Hondurans is crucial in such a politically and socially turbulent environment, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. The average school leaving age is 11 and children suffer greatly due to the huge prevalence of gangs; a key aim of my year is to work with these at risk young people and increase engagement as well as attendance at school.
“During my 12 months I will be living with a Honduran family in a remote, rural area of the country; fully submersed in the language and culture. During the week I will be teaching a range of English, maths, science, humanities and arts in local schools. My students will be from impoverished families and therefore an education and ability to speak English is imperative to a brighter future.”
If you’d like to donate money to the project you can visit her fundraising page
St Mary’s Church has a range of services and events over the Easter period, with something each day from 9th to 16th April, and all are welcome to come along!
The flyer below gives details of all these, but of particular note:
- On Wednesday 12th April at 7.30pm our event “Witness” helps us experience Jesus’ last few hours on earth through the eyes of those who were there.
- For 7-16 year olds we have a new event on Easter Saturday (15th April) 10.30am-12noon called “Create Space, Kids“. There will be a cost of £3 to cover craft materials.
- Our Easter Celebration service is at 10.30am on Sunday 16th April, marking the most important day of the Christian year!
All are welcome to these and other events (below!). There’s no need to book but if you’d like more information you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who helped with or supported our Celebration of Motherhood all age service on Mother’s Day! There were croissants, coffee and daffodils for the ladies plus wrapping the Vicar and Curate up as ‘mummies’ and decorating candles for the children! Thanks to the men for being waiters and helping with kids and candles. It was great to see Brownies, JAM children and Noah’s Ark families as well!