My Dear Friends,

Introducing Waste Watchers


Yes! It is that time of year again when your Curate begins to look slightly panicked as we count down to our annual holiday club week. This year we will be putting on Waste Watchers  on the mornings between 30th July and 3rd August, with a special Sunday service in Astbury Church on 5th August. The club takes on an Environmental theme as we learn about caring for God’s world and His plan for our lives. Our set is an abandoned rubbish-filled park which is gradually transformed into a haven for wild life by our Waste Watcher guides Harry, Larry and Barry, with help from the Park keeper of course. As usual the week will be packed full of fun, games, craft, drama, challenges and video too. We hope to give the children a fun time while learning the basics of the Christian story.

In addition to Waste Watchers, for the first time we are also putting on Rock Solid, an evening for 10 – 14 year olds which will take place in the school hall from 7.00 to  8.30 pm on Tuesday 31st July. We hope to invite back some of the young people who have been through previous holiday clubs and are now too old to attend to join with our Trailblazers group for an evening of music, video and stacks of fun aimed specifically at 10 to 14 year olds.

As with past years I could still do with your help. On the Friday morning  between 11.00 and 12.30  we are hoping to put on a coffee morning for parents, so they can get together with us and see what the children have been up to all week. I need volunteers to make tea and coffee and chat to parents: if you would like to help do let me know.

With our environmental theme to the club, some of the craft will have a recycling base, and so I also need you to collect small jam jars to be painted with glass paints to become pencil jars. We are also having a junk model building competition so I need cardboard boxes and packages (not toilet rolls or egg boxes though) for the older children to make into junk models.  In a fit of enthusiasm we also decided that it would be nice if the oldest group of children had a chance to make bird boxes, so if anybody has the wood and expertise in this who would like to help the older children (10 and 11 year olds) achieve this I would be very grateful to hear from you.

Can I say a special thank you in advance to everybody who has already signed up to help with the club without which none of this could happen. I believe the holiday club is particularly important to both churches in maintaining links with the children and parents of both church schools and in giving us and our young people a chance to lead and take part in children’s work. I hope as over the last two years the week will be a lot of fun and that we will make may new friends as we work together to achieve Waste Watchers and Rock Solid.

At the time of writing there are still plenty of places left for Waste Watchers (children of primary school age) and our Rock Solid evening (young people 10 to 14 yeas of age) so if you do have children or grandchildren who may like to come do give me a ring (01260 271954).



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