'Here I am ready to go, excitement spreading from head
opening words of the theme song for KIDZONE, a new venture for primary school
children from St Peter's and Bishop Andrewes churches on the St Helier estate
is a church service aimed directly at children, which takes place immediately
after school. Lots of services end with refreshments but with Kidzone it's the
other way round. Children straight from school need sustenance and so do their
parents -so there's squash for kids, hot drinks for parents and a tuckshop at
Church Army Captain, Paul Warren, curate, Jon Westall, (left and right in
photo), and Chips the Puppet, KIDZONE is a fast moving mix of songs, quizzes,
bible stories and prayers, that lasts for half an hour. The children love it
and so do their parents.
Helier is a large parish with a population of nearly 20,000 and ten schools.
As more and more parents work on Sunday, the church saw the need for a service
after school midweek, that would build on existing work by parish staff in the
schools, and reach families who couldn't come to church on Sunday.
began after Easter at St Peter's. Attendance averages 70 adults and children,
over 80% of whom are not church members. It has now started at daughter church,
Bishop Andrewes, with 50 at the first service.
Kidbrooke Church hosts first charity
Supporters of a welter of different charities bustled together at the Charity
Fair at St. James' Church Hall in Kidbrooke on Saturday 6 May.
of June Mackenzie, a member of St. James' congregation, the day was a great
success, with a lively, friendly, atmosphere between the stalls, well supported
by local people.
including St. James'
Church, and the Guides who laid on excellent refreshments,
there were eleven charities present, ranging from Newpin to the United Nations
Association, from Oxfam to the Cat Protection League. Items on sale included
books, flowers, cakes, toy cars and white elephants!:
note was the theft of a cashbox from one of the stalls by a boy - but even this
brought out the best as the other charity stall holders held a collection to
help make up the loss.
was a 'first' in Kidbrooke but, as it was such a great day, it is unlikely to
be the last!
'Let the children come to me... '
children were admitted to Communion before confirmation when the
Putney (St. Mary's with All Saints) held their second service for admissions on
above are Lorna and Sam Caseley, Emily Clark, Jack and Joe Davey, Paul Fox,
Benjamin and Daniel Hatch, Rebecca Illingworth, Zoe Large, Demi Olding, Ben
Short and Kristiane Wentzel with children's work leaders.