Here is an overview of Sundayfunday Club’s activities for Jan to Dec 2015
1) We have a regular attendance of up to 25 children – with occasional visiting children and a senior attendance of 4-5 teens (age 12 and up) and also 3 adults. At times we have had as many as 40 children and adults, depending on the occasion. I have 40 names on roll.
2) Every week we undertake congregational activities, interacting with the Benefice, sharing and interpreting The Gospel from a child’s point of view. Sometimes singing, drama, re-enactment of the Sunday’s Gospel or bible verses. Giving congregation little gifts, mottoes, and proverbs as keepsakes. School holidays are our holidays too.
3) SFC was greatly involved with the Palm Sunday Witness Walk and one member played the part of Jesus riding our real donkey and others were ‘Palm Wavers’.
Activities that we have carried out during 2015 are summarised as follows:
We have always tried to make things for special days; e.g. Valentine’s hearts, St Dwynwen’s day messages, prayer message cards, Mothering Sunday gifts, Celtic crosses, Flower arrangements and posies. Poppies and Remembrance Sunday. Palm Sunday, again very moving, with all the children participating. Birthdays and special events are celebrated by SFC giving their own little gifts/prayers/poems to the person/people involved. Harvest festival picnic this new school year and later the Nativity pageant. Celebrating Douglas’s 90th birthday presentation card and cake. Children enjoy being involved with the Fair-trade stall in Benefice teatime and like to help to sell the goods.
Easter Workshop – we undertook a ‘Lent Journey’ every Sunday through Lent leading up to our Easter Workshop on the Saturday before Easter, where we were blessed with a lot of visitors, as well as our children in an outdoor fun activity afternoon. Over 100 parents and children attended and games and activities were arranged and played inside and outside. Messy Church Manorbier came along as well to enjoy the fun. Children were presented with a Fair-Trade Easter egg with the Easter message in it and all who helped were awarded boxes of Fair-Trade chocolates for their magnificent efforts. Alex gave the Easter story beautifully to all who were there. Tenby Observer published our article and photographs. We were so pleased that God’s love touched each and all in such a profound way and your response was overwhelming.
We attended Messy Cathedral in St. David’s and we invited and were joined by Manorbier and Saundersfoot Messy Churches. The coach was full and write-ups about the activities that we took part in and photographs were published in Pobl Dewi church magazine and Tenby Observer. Bara brith was made in the cathedral, baked in the school room and then shared with the whole congregation of St. Mary’s on the Sunday.
SFC celebrated the summer with their trip to Caldey along with Manorbier Messy Church. A Caldey Island picnic followed by the great sandcastle competition judged by Canon Grace was thoroughly enjoyed by 35 of us. We returned weary but happy on the very last boat back to Tenby. A delighted SFC member’s dad, who is editor of the Tenby Observer published our picture and article.
Remembrance day Cenotaph service was attended by children after our session in which we made their poppies in the morning service.
Christmas was celebrated by supporting the Footlights amateur dramatic Society in Saundersfoot when 30 of us went to see ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with sweeties in the interval. Nativity practise the Saturday afterwards followed by the performance “He turned what was sad into glad” on the Sunday.
The PATCH toy service was an equally rewarding morning with the toys being blessed and prayers written by the children read for Tracy Olin. PATCH said they would display all the childrens’ prayers.
Donations/fundraising- Summer/end of year
For the first time ever 31 adults and children from Sundayfunday club attended an Orielton Field Centre activities weekend from early Saturday morning until Sunday teatime over the Autumn half-term holiday. An array of activities including pond dipping and night time bat-walks were enjoyed. DvD, sing-along and popcorn in the evening then Rev’d Geoffrey from Hundleton came and conducted a morning service on Sunday. For some mums and children this had been the only holiday away for them this year.
Although we can vary in numbers we continue to grow and thrive. The children are gently encouraged to respect the congregation and are taught that some may be praying/worshipping/need for peace and that we should be sensitive and quiet when entering the church and even when participating in the service at all times. They relish doing their ‘little bit’ at the end of a service and are fully aware that God speaks through children simply and clearly. Understanding and interpretation of the gospel for the children is a priority.
Proposed plans for 2016
Nan Dowell - Sundayfunday Club Leader