King’s Club ran this year from 13th to 17th August, and about 40 children gathered together in 4 teams to find out about Teambuilders – how everyone, even great leaders, need a team to do God’s work.
We heard about Joseph the dreamer in his multi-coloured coat and made a model of him. And there was Moses who needed helpers to lead the people and solve their problems. Fun was had making foam sun-visors. We made invitations to family to come to the celebration and picnic on Friday, after finding out about Esther. We created bookmarks to remind us of Jesus’s 12 special helpers. Through Paul and Barnabas we discovered the importance of forgiveness to help a team work together.
James led the teams in lively games, we enjoyed singing and quiet moments of discussion and creative prayers. Ollie and Rebecca successfully led Teambuilders with cooperative activities.
The Teambuilders shared their activities with family and friends on Friday followed by a picnic. Thanks to all who made the Holiday Club a happy experience learning more about God and thanks for the fruity refreshments!
Please pray for the Dallam 1 Venture, a Christian holiday week running from 4th-11th August. Please pray that God’s wisdom would be present during the week and pray too for those preparing the week, that it would be the best it can be. Please click here to view a supporting prayer leaflet for Dallam 1.
Thank you for your support following our appeal for sun hats and sun cream last week. St. George’s Crypt are still collecting items for homeless people to use during this summer heatwave. If you can purchase and donate these items please leave them in the box at the back of All Saints Church. Your support is greatly appreciated!
About a month ago, a group of Saints Alive editors, both past and present, met to discuss the future of our Parish Magazine. The most recent team of editors have done a fantastic job of producing the magazine each month and we are thankful for the time and energy that they have given. However it was felt by us all that the magazine, in its current form, had come to an end.
We have decided to take a break from Saints Alive with our last issue being the September publication. From September to April we will continue to produce the diary pages and a ‘vicar’s letter’ and this will be produced from the Church Office.
During this break our aim will be to discern God’s plan for the magazine and we would welcome anyone who would like to be a part of this process. Any feedback about the magazine would also be gratefully received. Please contact the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01943 816035).
If you are a regular subscriber to Saints Alive, we will of course offer you a refund for the remaining issues for this year. Please contact the office and a refund can be arranged.
Finally, thank you to all who have had an input in the magazine and please pray for Saints Alive as we discern God’s will going forward.
This Sunday marks the beginning of our Summer Sundays season where each week we will be exploring the life of Joseph. Our 11am services will be All Age Worship services where everyone is invited to join us. Our children’s groups will not be running but we welcome all children to gather in Church.
Come and join us in Church House on Tuesday evening to watch England vs Colombia. Come along from 6.30pm for a 7pm kick off. Soft drinks will be provided but please feel free to bring any snacks or food along too. All welcome!
We have a unique opportunity for budding photographers to develop their skills under the guidance of a professional. Before, during and after our development work in Church and with the Link, we have a professional photographer taking a full record for display, publication and archives.
It has been agreed as part of the commission that tutoring will be given for a small number of volunteer amateurs who would like to develop their skills. There will be some coaching and photographing during the next couple of months, occasionally during the works-phase, then again a comprehensive set of pictures next spring and summer.
If you’ve got your own camera and would be interested, please contact Derek Twine (email@example.com).
I recently spent 2 weeks in Kabale, SW Uganda visiting friends from Kent who have founded a charity ‘Alongside Africa’ which is focused on turning around the lives of street children of all ages.I took out with me dozens of pairs of pants for boys and girls, donated very kindly by All Saints. The charity currently supports about 50 ex-street children who are now able to attend school (mainly through UK sponsors giving £25 a month per child). There is a drop-in centre open daily giving a safe space where they can go in the holidays to be fed and cared for as well as being the first place of contact for other street children to begin to move back into receiving care and support. When I arrived it was during the school holidays and 30-40 children were at the drop in each day. Term then restarted and pants were being gratefully distributed as children returned to their boarding schools!
For teenagers there is a recently opened Halfway House where at the moment 18 boys and girls live, learning to adjust to life off the streets. They learn basic life skills and share in the duties of cooking, cleaning and gardening as well as receiving some basic education. Placements in a hairdressing salon and sewing/craft skills are provided for the girls and car maintenance experience for the boys. Its challenging for these teenagers to choose to come off glue-sniffing and shoplifting as a way of life and accept some discipline and order into their previously chaotic lives. While I was there one boy left as he wanted to make his own choices and continue glue-sniffing and another joined an old friend not at the centre and committed a robbery. The police caught him and he spent 3 weeks in prison but has now been released and returned to the Halfway House – hopefully a wiser lad. On a positive note, others are making good progress and one lad of 16 after his first night there said, ‘ I have never slept on a mattress – it is heaven!’
I was awed and inspired at all one couple in their mid-50’s have already done in a few years, with the help of some very skilled dedicated local Ugandans and it was a privilege to be a tiny part of their work for a short time. Thank you again for all who supported this project in any way.