Midge Hall Church continues to be a very child friendly church where children receive a warm welcome from all of the congregation. The children enjoy chatting with members of church at coffee time, sharing their news over juice and a biscuit (or two or three if no-one’s looking!)
We continue to tailor our activities to the age range and number of children who attend each Sunday morning – which varies from week to week. Our activities have included a range of crafts, drama, stories, games and the all-time favourite – baking! These activities help to bring bible stories and messages alive.
The children continue to regularly take up the morning offering in church which helps them feel part of the service.
Once again the children enjoyed performing their Nativity play on Christmas Eve – The Mystery of the New Noisy Neighbour – told from the perspective of a little observant mouse.
This year, Eileen Cuerden has decided to retire from our Sunday School team of leaders after serving for many years. A huge number of children over those years have been helped along their Christian journey by Eileen’s encouragement, nurturing and loving kindness – not to mention her wonderful crafts! On behalf of everyone at Midge Hall Church we say a huge thank you to Eileen for her years of dedication and commitment to working with our children in both Sunday School and Messy Church – thank you Eileen!
This is our third year of sponsoring Oca, our Indonesian friend, through the charity Compassion. We have written to her several times and her replies are displayed on our display board, and folder on the windowsill above, in the church hall. We raised over the £300 needed for sponsorship this Spring through our annual Noisy Collection. The remainder of our fundraising went to the Fairtrade Foundation as our collection coincided with Fairtrade Fortnight this year.
Messy Church continues to take place approximately every 6 weeks from 6pm until 8pm on a Friday evening. We follow the same format of: eating a meal together (with a superman style grace which the children love!) doing the craft activities, one or more of which are always messy, and closing with interactive worship in church. Messy Church continues to serve a core group of families, with some other families dipping in and out. Most of these families don’t attend our church on Sunday so Messy Church is really important in ministering to them.
All of the themes for Messy Church are festival/ bible-story based. Our most recent Messy Church was our Easter themed evening where we made Easter Gardens – with real rocks and wooden crosses, a huge hand-printed cross (very messy!), Crown of Thorns biscuits, Beaded Bracelets - with each colour bead representing a different part of the Easter story and Wooden Crosses with a sad purple side and a happy white celebration side studded with sequins. As part of our worship we acted out the scene of the first Easter morning and let off party poppers in celebration that Jesus is alive.
Safeguarding and Health & Safety
All our leaders have undergone Safeguarding training and have DBS clearance.
As always, we are very grateful to all those who help to lead and support our work with our children.
Action for Children 2018
League of Light collecting boxes raised £433. 07
Collection on Action for Children Sunday £67. 50
Sale of Christmas Cards £155. 50
Retiring Collection Christmas Eve £218. 83 Total of £874. 90
Thank you to everyone for their support.