Could everyone in our three church communities keep us at Holy Cross in your prayers this July? Exciting things are happening!
On the afternoon of July 1st we have our first Children’s Service & tea party: with our hugely successful Messy Church sessions we have to limit the numbers to 40 children because of the space we need for activities – but with this, all are welcome! There will be songs and stories and praise around the theme of “Creation” – followed by delicious cakes in the churchyard (hopefully if the weather plays ball!). We haven’t done this before so support and encouragement will be needed. We are trying to keep up the momentum started by the Crib Service, Messy Epiphany and Messy Easter, so wish us luck!
This leads on to our next event – the “Space Academy” Children’s Holiday Club from 23rd-27th July in church: it is already fully booked with c 80 children & has been for months, which is gratifying if scary! I will be bouncing around with a grey beard and a double-ended light sabre dressed as a Jedi (Obi-won-Pappa-John) – a change from being an Egyptian Pharaoh last year! As I say to all my curates, always remember clerical dignity at all times! Again, please keep all the leaders and helpers in your thoughts and prayers during these weeks of preparation. (2 litre plastic lemonade/water bottles will be v welcome too!)
Now, yes, we are doing all this for the fun of it, and yes, for outreach into our community – but I think this all goes deeper than that.
All three of our Plurality churches will be looking at new ways of “being Church” for the world around us: just expecting people to come to us on a Sunday morning alone won’t really work any more in these present times. For these children (& their parents) Messy Church, Holiday Clubs & afternoon celebrations are their going to church: we need to embrace this, work with it and see (with God’s blessing!) what exciting things can happen in all three of our communities! Watch this space!!