On a regular basis, members of St Stephen’s Sunday Club meet together on Saturday or Sunday afternoons for ‘Messy Church’.
On Sunday 21st January, St Stephen’s organised a ‘Messy Church’ session at the St Stephen’s Community Centre, from 2.30-4.00pm.
The theme of the session was ‘Noah’s Ark and God’s promise’.
Children were invited to paint Noah’s Ark and a rainbow on paper plates; to decorate a plant pot, add a rainbow sticker and plant watercress seeds; to paint animal glasses to wear; to make a Noah; and to make animal biscuits.
The breakout activities included skittles, hoopla, and paint pens with a big sheet of paper.
They then heard the story of Noah’s Ark and finished by singing ‘This little light of mine’, using instruments.
The Guernsey Press was on hand to photograph and interview the children, much to their delight.
More than 30 children attended. Many thanks to Andrea Bateman and her team!
On Saturday of Holy Week, 15th April, St Stephen’s organised another session of ‘Messy Church’, from 2.30-4.00pm in the St Stephen’s Community Centre.
The session included an Easter Egg Hunt in the church garden.
Children also painted eggs, made biscuits and contributed flowers to the the Easter Tomb in the church.
Jean Le Huray, who organised the event, was interviewed by The Guernsey Press along with some of the children who came.
A good time was had by all!
On 29th October, St Stephen’s organised a ‘Lights Party’ Activity Afternoon for children, who took part in great break-out activities, crafts and games, all the while enjoying some delicious snacks!
On the day before Easter, St Stephen’s organised a ‘New Life’ Activity Afternoon for children.
The children started in St Stephen’s Church, where they put spring flowers in the ‘Easter Garden’.
They then looked for Easter eggs hidden in the pews!
After the hunt, they went to the Community Centre, where they took part in a number of activities:
- making Easter baskets
- decorating ‘Easter bonnet’ biscuits
- making Easter chick and rabbit biscuits
- painting an Easter collage
- decorating wooden Easter crosses
Approximately 30 children attended, and all had a marvellous time!
At our October meeting, the theme was ‘Lost and Found’. The activities began as children looked for lost sheep (35 sheep in total, made of laminated cards) hidden amongst the plants and bushes in the church garden.
The children then took part in craft activities in the Community Centre, making a collage of the Good Shepherd and some rather woolly sheep.
Gold coins had also been lost in the room, and the children looked high and low for them. One little girl wanted to give her coin back to the lady who had lost it, as the children had also heard the Parable of the Lost Coin. Other children made some very impressive necklaces and bracelets; and some scrumptious biscuits were made to welcome back the Prodigal Son.
The afternoon finished with everyone enjoying refreshments and Fr John reading stories to the children.