Our Confirmation Service this year will be on Sunday 5th June, 6.30pm in St Martin’s and will be led by the Bishop of Warrington. Our preparation course for members of all our churches interested in Confirmation (adults and Year 10 or over young people) begins on Sunday 17th April, 6.30pm in The Rectory. Please talk to the clergy if you want to know more.
Two events this Christmas had St Chad’s packed to the rafters.
On Sunday 12th December the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment led an evening of Christmas Music and Carol Singing along with members of the Performance Studios Choir and Children from Kirkby Church of England School. About £600 was raised for the Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment Charity to support war wounded soldiers and the evening was full of fun and sparkle.
On the following Tuesday Kirkby CE School brought their Nativity into the Church to tell and celebrate the Christmas story – a reminder of the way heaven touched the world in the birth of Jesus Christ.
For the second time, we held a week long holiday club at St. Martin’s this summer. Running for 2 hours each day in the mornings, this year we were ‘Pirates’.We followed the story of Pirates looking for treasure, as well as the story of Saul, coupled with games, crafts, parachuting, stories, video and music. This was enormous fun that we hope to repeat every year. Aargh!
St. Andrew’s held their sixth children’s Holiday Club during the last week of July which was attended by 26 local children and upto 17 leaders over the 5 evenings. “Monsters Stink” used clips from the Monsters Inc film and looked at some of the fears that children face such as bullying, getting lost, feeling alone, being let down by friends etc.
Every evening was fast moving involving singing, craft activities, games refreshments a puppet show and the famous Monsters Stink Challenge. We also learned about how certain characters from the bible such as David, Daniel and even Jesus himself reacted to fear.
After a day’s rest on saturday many of the children and their parents attended a special church service on Sunday after which cakes were served and a number of games and activities took place in the church grounds.
Although totally exhausting a great week was had by both children and leaders and we will meet again when our Kids Club starts back for the new term on September 19th
St. Andrew’s Kids Club on 15th November witnessed the debut of Bert and Lucy, latex puppets who helped the children learn what it means to be a junior hero and have faith in God. The 7 foot high puppet theatre has been created from scratch by Bernie Riley, husband of Kids Club leader Irene. Future meetings will see more adventures with Bert and Lucy and maybe other characters too.
St. Andrew’s Kids Club is open to any children between 5 and 11. We meet on 3rd Sunday of every month 3-4:30 with the sessions being fast moving and interactive. Although Christian Truths are communicated to the children the sessions are more Saturday morning TV style than traditional church and both kids and leaders have a great time. For more information or to join ring Andy on 548 7969.
On October 31st, we celebrated our 6th annual Light Night, an alternative to Halloween focussing on light and all things good. For two hours, we did craft, played games, did challenges, ate and drank, and generally had a fantastic time. Pictures are below.
The Group with No Name went on a trip to Liverpool at the start of October half term. We visited both cathedrals, Hope Street, the Albert Dock, Mersey Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, ‘an awesome sweet shop’, and saw HMS Illustrious on her visit to Liverpool. It was a long and tiring day, but with a collection of ridiculously large gobstoppers to sustain us, we had a fantastic time. Despite a brief rain shower early on, the weather was good, and we even saw Kirkby in the distance from the top of the Anglican Cathedral!