We are definitely into the Christmas season now, with invitations to the first school nativities appearing, alongside our Advent/Christmas assembly and Y3 Christmas lessons (5 already booked) and the invitation to speak to a packed hall at the Vale Reception Christingle service last Friday. It’s been great to work with lots of volunteers from a number of churches: Jean (Vazon Elim); Karen (Trinity); Frances (Spurgeon); Sarah-Jane (St Saviours); Nigel (Les Camps) and Claire (Salvation Army). The Christmas lessons and a lesson on Baptism at La Houguette have been very well received.
Another highlight was getting most of the new Old Testament Mini presenters together as we plan for the increasing number of courses next year – 8 new presenters trained this year gives us a huge opportunity to reach all the primary schools in Guernsey and, following the completion of 2 courses at Vale Primary next Monday, bookings are coming in thick and fast for next term – the demand is growing! We’ve also had lots of very interested visitors watching Claire and Phil in action, including Stuart Tanswell and Gill Nobes – rectors of Vale and St Sampson’s.
We have lead our Advent themed assembly at Notre Dame, La Mare, Castel, Forest, Capelles, St Martins, Melrose, Acorn House, Beechwood, St Mary and St Michael and La Houguette over the past two weeks. Last week Phil lead an assembly at Ladies College on the theme of respect. Using the teaching of Paul on how the body is made up of many parts and each of those parts is just as important as the rest. The assembly concluded how we are all equally valuable and no one is less significant than anyone else.
In senior lunch clubs we have been exploring the Christmas story. This has involved some highly amusing improvisations of the Nativity story being acted out by students. It has been great to explore with students what they think the true meaning of Christmas is and to be able to share with them why Jesus’ birth is so important to Christians.
BOLT clubs will be coming to an end next week with our party week, a time to just have fun and play all the games we have enjoyed. The last 10 weeks have gone really well and we’ve had some fantastic conversations with these 8-9 year olds. A big thank you to our volunteers who have helped us this term!