Richmond Hill St. Andrews Church
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As usual we will be having fun telling Bible stories, singing songs, playing games and doing some creative activity.
All little ones with their Mums and Dads are always welcome to join in the fun.
The story and activities will be followed by refreshments and delicious home made cakes.
This month we told the little ones the fascinating story of Daniel who was thrown to the lions because he would not stop praying to God and how God sent an angel to save him. Our home made puppets helped tell the story.
|The lead actors in our story about King Darius who had Daniel thrown into the Lions' den|
Along with the story we had songs, prayers and laughter and the children made lion masks to frighten their parents with.
|The children learn how to make lion masks with the help of our Early Bird's team of volunteers|
|A ferocious lion mask made by one of the children|
As usual the activities were followed by refreshments and Susan's delicious home made cakes and cup cakes.
In May we had the story of Jesus and Zacharius. When Jesus was visiting Zacharius's home town, Zacharius who was only a small man hid in a tree so that he could get a better view of Jesus.
Although Zacharius was a greedy tax collector, when Jesus spots him he calls out to him by name and invites himself over for tea. Jesus loves everybody - even tax collectors!
|Sue shows the picture of Zacharius climbing his tree to glimpse Jesus over the heads of the crowd|
|Sue and Anne get the children to sing along with them|
As usual accompanying the story we had prayers, a song or two from Anne and Sue on the guitar and creative activities which this time involved making clay models!
Afterwards we all had a cup of coffee, tea or juices for the children and some of Sue's delicious home made cakes. On this special Jubilee celebration the teas were served by visiting royalty.
|Visiting royalty serve the teas for us|
|Fedeline shows off her Union Jack suit|
|Birthday celebration at Early Birds|
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“It is a friendly Christian community of people who show love and understanding of each others needs.”
“For the first time in my life I have a real sense of belonging.”
You know how babies and young children need constant attention. Well, we recognise that our normal Sunday service can be a trying time for both parents and youngsters. So, we cater for our young families on a more informal basis with our new style Early Bird Children's Service. (Click here to find us on the map)
We meet for an hour each first Sunday of the month at 10.00 am. We have been going for a year or two now and are delighted that new families are joining us every month. Susan Old our Early Bird's organiser is always there to greet us with a warm friendly smile.
When the Early Birds team first got together, our aim was to bring more children to our Sunday services. And with renewed energy and enthusiasm, fresh ideas (and children) came our way!
We keep our Bible stories aimed at the little ones. But by bringing the tales alive with simple colourful puppets and artwork, the older ones and grown-ups enjoy the stories too.
Our activities are becoming very creative and interesting and with guitars playing and lots of musical instruments banging and a jingling, the lounge is alive with enjoyment.
“It gets better every month” comments Michelle a mother of three great boys, and “we are still talking about it during the day” says Gill a mother of little Ben and Emily. See more pictures in the Early Birds Gallery.
We like our Early Bird meetings to be lots of fun, very interesting, enjoyable and have a feeling of “That was good!” But apart from having a good time, we all learn from the simple stories in the Bible such as Noah, Daniel and the lions' den, Moses, Jonah and the whale and of course the stories of Jesus and his disciples. These and many more stories teach our children things that most schools just don't! The Bible teaches us all about:
And with these values our children will find
guidance, inner strength and confidence.