Child and Youth Activities

Junior Church

Age range, pre-school (accompanied by an adult) to 12 years.

Junior Church is held alongside the Sunday Communion Services. We start with prayers, including the Lord's Prayer, followed by a story using the Gospel reading of the day, followed by an activity, which varies each week. We make models, puppets, kites, flags, magnets etc. We colour in and paint, bake bread, biscuits and decorate buns and even do some singing. The children then return to the church for communion or a blessing and to show everyone what has been made.

Junior Church Leader - Mrs Ann Dewings - 01726 814651.

Music Group

The Music Group meets each Tuesday in the Gott Hall between 7pm – 9pm.

Come along to share music, learn from others, create new music, rework old songs., experience the fun of impromptu music.

 The Leader is Derek Carrivick-  01726 891356.

Little Lambs

Par Little Lambs' Group meets in the Gott Hall every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.  The group is for babies and pre-school children (each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

The Gott Hall provides a light, spacious, well equipped  environment, in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.  The children enjoy an extravaganza of playtime opportunities.

There is large play equipment to explore, including an adventure tunnel, trikes, push-along and very popular sit-in toys.

There are smaller investigative toys including jigsaw puzzles, shape matching puzzles, an assortment of interesting books for curious minds and numerous building bricks.

There is a collection of dressing up clothes that, along with a play kitchen, a farm, a garage, a play food set and more, inspire role-play situations.

Every week is a creative experience, which may be about painting, colouring, sticking, using Playdough or cooking (little Lambs have made their own Christmas cakes and Easter biscuits).

Each session features singing time and a percussion band in the internally accessed Church of the Good Shepherd, and, following closing prayers, everyone returns to the Gott Hall for refreshments, more play and story-time, offering a rich variety of children's literature.

Each year, the end of the summer term is celebrated with a teddy bears' picnic party.

The contact for the group is:

Mrs Barbara Thurston - 07752 138196

Little Lambs ‘Spring’ news

Following the joyous occasion of the Nativity Pay and the generous donations of £111 being sent to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice, the children looked forward to the excitement of Christmas Day and all that goes with it - the ripping open of numerous presents from family and friends, tucking into a Christmas dinner and family games. Some of the children would not be returning to Little Lambs as they were now entitled to attend nursery at various schools, and so the number returning to group in January would be less. Nevertheless, we need not have been concerned. A poster on the PL24 Facebook page had young families exchanging conversations about us and as a result 6 new families have joined us bringing along 7 toddlers. Great News!

We began the new term with a ‘Mucky Pastry’ activity, making animal shapes and generally having a marvellous time! Some children even took some pastry home to use again! They all made animal shape sandwiches the following week. Choosing a filling was a bit difficult - cheese spread, lemon curd and red jam all sounded delicious. Ann even made a lemon curd sandwich for Fr Derek - which was very agreeable! During the cold spell we have been having our singing and story time in the hall, and Derek has been entertaining in the background for much of the morning while the children complete their activity and play with the toys. Some of the children just sit and listen to him play and chat away to him, which is delightful.

Painting is always a treat and often messy, so aprons and a bowl of water are provided, and the animal prints came out really well. The display board has now a few of our creations on display, and will gradually fill up as the term progresses. Making sheep, hand painting trees, decorating cakes, making cards and planting seeds are some of the activities we are to cover during the coming weeks.

If you know a family with a toddler or baby who would appreciate a couple of hours, in the warm, making friends, talking and watching children enjoying themselves in a safe environment then please contact Barbara 07752 138196.

 

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