This winter, in the season of presents and family, the Waterfalls wanted to turn their attention to making a positive difference to people in the community who need a bit of extra help. Taking Mathew ch. 25 as their inspiration - "When I was naked, you clothed me" - the children designed posters and organised a collection of blankets for Jimmy's Night Shelter. As always, the congregation was astonishingly generous and we soon had a huge pile of blankets and sleeping bags to donate at "the coldest part of the year, [when] the difference between what we have and what the homeless have seems starker," as the children said in their notice to the church.
The day for delivering the blankets, Sunday 20th January, turned out to be one of the coldest in the year so far, which made our errand feel even more relevant. Armed with their bags, the Waterfalls walked to Jimmy’s and delivered their donation, but their reaction was not one of satisfaction at having helped. On the contrary, the children came away sad to see that there is such big facility for homeless people, that there is such need in our community.
Having a new understanding of Matthew 11 – “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” – the children returned to church for a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. However sad it made them feel, they should know that they have made a real difference this winter.
Watch this space for the Waterfalls’ next project, raising awareness and money for Motor Neurone Disease.
Good Friday saw St John's holding a wonderful Messy Church. Lots of crafts were made along with some yummy Easter biscuits. We had lots of children, and grown ups, joining in the fun. We then shared a lovely lunch after working hard on all our activities. Keep an eye on our website for the next Messy Church we would love to see you!
Our older group Waterfalls lead Children's Church for our group Fountains. They focussed on Psalm 23 "The Lord Is My Shepherd". The children planned the activities, read and explained the Psalm to the younger group and helped them with the activities. Waterfalls were very pleased with how their session went and were very pleased with their homemade bread named David, in honour of King David! Well done Waterfalls!