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Junior Church Nativity and Toy Service 2019

Junior Church Nativity and Toy Service 2019

The children and young people of our Junior Church led an effective service for us today, focusing on the idea that we should not let the periferies of Christmas celebrations obscure the significance of the birth of Jesus into our world.


Thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who was involved in the planning and preparation for the service.

This service was also our “Toy Service” and the gifts that people brought and donated will be taken to a local women’s refuge.

Christmas Tree with gifts for the Women’s Refuge
Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Christmas, Current, Junior Church, Report, Worship, Youth Group

Christmas Shoeboxes 2019

On Sunday, we dedicated fifty shoeboxes of gifts prepared by our Junior Church for children overseas.

These will be transported and distributed by the Teams4U charity which was set up by Dave Cooke, the originator of Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the shoeboxes, to the children who wrote letters to the recipients and to the adults who helped them pack and wrap the shoeboxes.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, charity, Christmas, Junior Church, Report, World Church, Youth Group

John Muir Award for our Junior Church

The Junior Church was presented with the John Muir Award at our Harvest Service 2019.

John Muir (1838-1914) was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer. Having been raised in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland, he moved to the USA with his family aged ten and is remembered for his role protecting the Yosemite Valley in California and helping to establish the world’s first national park system.

The John Muir Trust was set up to defend wild land, enhance habitats for all and to help people connect with nature, even in cities. Its award scheme encourages people to enjoy and care for wild places.

Our Junior Church decided to work towards this award as a way of thinking about and responding to God’s world and our part in it. To earn the award members of the Junior Church have worked together and individually on a variety of activities including:

  • investigating the best wild flowers to grow in the city
  • find out what wildlife these will attract
  • planning a service about the wonder of creation
  • leading the service in people’s homes and in church
  • spending two nights under canvas at Walesby
  • producing a newsletter article about the project
  • litter picking at the Arboretum
  • undertaking other conservation activities

Congratulations to the children and young people of the Junior Church and to their leaders for earning this award.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Current, Junior Church, Report, Youth Group

Harvest Festival Service 2019

Our Junior Church led a lively and challenging service for our Harvest Festival this year, reflecting on the need for everyone to respect and care for the environment, taking the theme: no-one is too small to make a difference.

Part of our harvest display
Part of our harvest display

Our Primary & Beginners and Junior Departments asked us to think about wild flowers and the many crops which rely on bees and other polinating insects, our Seniors adapted Monty Python’s Cheese Shop sketch to give us “The Food Shop” and our Youth Group gave us The Seed Story and magic bread. The service also included the presentation of the John Muir Award to our Junior Church.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Harvest, Junior Church, Worship, Youth Group

Upendo Junior School

For a number of years, our church, Junior Church and individual members have given support to Upendo Junior School in the town of Kiminini, Kenya. This school was founded by Dr. Masibo Lumala to provide education for children in need.

In September, the church pleased to welcome Masibo, with his colleagues Stella Chebii and Hardlyne Lusui. Masibo spoke during worship to thank the church for our support and tell us more about the school.

Masibo Lumala, Stella Chebii and Hardlyne Lusui

The classrooms that we helped fund are now in full use and the school is working to improve security and sanitation for its pupils. We were glad to make a further gift to contribute to this.

Following their return to Kenya, Masibo has written:

Greetings from a warm and sunny Kiminini.

I wish to that this opportunity to first thank you and your minister Chris for hosting us at your lovely church on 1st September. It was wonderful talking to your congregation and having a chit chat with you over coffee after the service.

Second, please convey my deep gratitude to the church and the elders for their generous gift to Upendo Junior School. The money will go a long way in enabling me to complete the toilets for the children. May God bless everyone who has continued to give to us and to ray for our work here.

Masibo

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Junior Church, news, World Church, Worship, Youth Group

Junior Church Show 2019

The Junior Church Show for 2019 – The Little Mermaid Jnr – provided another wonderful evening of entertainment and fun for a large audience in the church.

This junior version of the show included all the songs everyone was looking forward to, those who had lines seemed to be word perfect and the costumes and set, as always, were stunning.

Thank you to all the actors and actresses as well as all the adults who helped to make this such an impressive show. Well done to all!

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, events, Junior Church, Report, Youth Group

Junior Church Camp 2019

There were up to 50 children, young people and leaders at our Junior Church camp this year, held from 14th to 16th June.

The weather was “mixed” and our all-weather marquee had to be used for Sunday morning worship, but we were able to enjoy all our planned activities.

Thank you to everyone who enabled camp to be such a success again.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Junior Church, Youth Group

Parties and Pantomime 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped to give our children and youth group members such fine parties on Saturday and to everyone who played a part in or supported the pantomime – a super afternoon and evening.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, Christmas, Junior Church, Youth Group

“New term”

We give a particular welcome to students coming to Nottingham for the first time and to those returning to study.

We hope you have a good year here.

Our Junior Church promotion Sunday will be on 9th September and all are welcome.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, Junior Church, Students, Worship, Youth Group

The Wind in the Willows – Junior Church Show 2018

A large and appreciative audience was enthralled and entertained by a wonderful performance of the new musical The Wind in the Willows at church on 30th June.

Based on an adaptation by Julian Fellows, the well-known characters of Mole, Rat, Badger and the irrepressible Toad appear in episodes of the familiar story together with the Otter family (which has an expanded role in the plot) and the wild wood adversaries.

The acting and singing were a treat and we extend our congratulations to all the young people involved for their acting and singing and to all the adults who worked so hard over recent months to enable this ambitious production.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2018, events, Junior Church, Youth Group