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Hi! I’m Caroline Bamford and in April I became the new PJ’s project development worker for children and families. I will be working with St Paul’s, St Philip’s and St John & St James Churches and the local schools.

I’m excited to give you an update on what has been happening at the PJs Project!

First of all I want to say a big thank you.

Together we successfully held and blessed our community with a pyjama party at St Philip’s!

Thank you so much to those who made this event happen!!

It was a wet and windy day, we had 20 volunteers from each of our 3 Churches and we were visited by 36 members of our communities!

As Christmas is upon us, plans are underway for our next Messy
Church event!!

If you would like to get involved, we will be having 2 planning meetings leading up to this event. Both meetings will take place in St John & St James Church at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th December.

PJs Update
Hello! It has been a very busy time over the Christmas and February terms for the PJs Project and the fun doesn’t stop there!

The next PJs Event to be taking place will be Messy Easter on Saturday 24th March at St Philip’s Church, Litherland from 12pm – 2pm!!

This is open to children of all ages and their families. We will have games, crafts and lots more. The event is free and food will be provided.

If you would like to get involved, we will be having a planning meeting leading up to this event on Tuesday 6th March at 7pm. This meeting will take place in St Philip’s Church.

Sunday 20th May marks the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and gave them the tongues of fire. It is also known as the birth of the Church. This year we are ending spring in style with a Pentecost Sunday Picnic on Sunday 20th May (time and place to be confirmed!) We will have the picnic outside, weather permitting, after the morning service.

Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic to share and join in for fellowship and games! Wear red too as we celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit!

I know we are in March, but I wanted to say a huge Thank You to all the people who took part in the PJs events over the Christmas period. We had 3 major events, 1 in each Church and we had 15 volunteers from each of our 3 Churches and we were visited by 132 members of our communities! That has been extended by the February Half Term Messy Olympics which took place in St Paul’s Barnabas Church Hall.

The first Christmas event was a Joint Carol Service, which took place at St Paul’s Hatton Hill. Members of the congregation took part in a nativity scene with a twist! We had the sketch of “Away with the Manger”, pointing out how the central character of the nativity is often relegated to a merely supporting role.

The second event was Messy Christingle, which took place at St John & St James Church. We ran seven different activities; the snowmen biscuits and the chalk lights paper were particularly enjoyed by the children and even a few adults!

Once everyone had finished we joined together back in the Church for a messy game and an interactive talk. The talk had the children and adults making their own Christingles as we talked them through the meaning of each element.

The third event was St Philip’s Church Christingle Service. We had the service at 4pm, so when the Christingles were lit they gave the building a wonderful atmosphere, helping people to be still and think upon the meaning of the Christingle and Christmas as a whole.

Members of the congregation were sat around tables, as we had them making their own Christingles while Andrea Gray, Reader of St Philip’s, talked us through each element and their meaning.

We also had a bit of an interactive icebreaker, which involved using mini marshmallows and dry spaghetti to build something that was festive!

Messy Olympics, took place in St Paul’s Church and the theme was the Winter Olympics. We ran 8 tables of different crafts, including food and Lego and enjoyed a hot meal together of beans on toast. We were joined by 5 children and 4 adults from the St Paul’s community, along with 12 volunteers from our 3 Churches.

All of these events were absolutely wonderful and a fabulous opportunity for us to meet many people from our communities. I know it is March, but I would like to wish each one of you a very Blessed and Happy New Year for 2018!

Best wishes, Caz

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