OUR WORK WITH GRANGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our involvement with the young people takes two forms. We run a weekly LUNCHTIME CLUB throughout term-time on a Wednesday, using material which follows the lectionary. This is going well with approximately 18-20 children attending each week. A lot of helpers have come forward from the congregation to help. The second is an AFTER SCHOOL CLUB which is organised round the main festivals of the church, eg Christmas, Candlemas, Easter, Harvest, and is followed up with a 'CAKE & ?'service in church when the children share with their families and the main congregation what they have been doing at the 'after-school' club. Tea and cakes are provided afterwards.
LUNCHTIME BIBLE CLUB
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
THE AFTER SCHOOLS CLUB FOR HARVEST
Our October event in school for harvest again had the theme of Creation. We thought about the harvest and how we could make the world a fairer place for everyone. God created a wonderful world full of wonderful resources.
The children played a game called ‘pass the world’. When the music stopped they had to name a fruit or vegetable. A few exotic fruits came up! Then we enjoyed trying to recognise different fruits and vegetables.
Since October is a good month for apples we used them to see how the world’s food is shared. We found that in our country, we might grumble, but most of us have lots to eat and a great variety of foods as well. In some countries (and in our own) people are starving. We thought about how we could make sure that everyone is well fed, not just some of us.
We discovered that 1/3 of the world has 2/3 of the food and resources. Things are so unfair and they won’t change if we don’t do something to help.
During our activity time we made apple trees. The children love cutting and sticking. This was followed by snack time which the children always look forward to.
When we came together at the end, the parents joined us and in the quietness we thought about the things we had done in our event and the difference we could make in our world.
This led us on to thinking about the wonderful world God had created and we acted out the creation story as each day was formed. The children wore headbands representing the days of the creation and paraded around the room to the creation story.
The session ended with prayer.