Lead Worker Updates
2020 - 2021
In the schools
Since March 2020 I have been unable to visit schools, so make a weekly video assembly. I have been asked for resources for RE lessons, so have provided a short video and photos. I have sent 5 Christmas Posada baskets into 3 schools for use in Early Years and Preschools .
Messy Church & Sundaze
We now meet via Zoom on the 4th Sunday at 10am, this brings together Messy Church, Sundaze and church Sunday School families. I send out a craft kit with instructions and a bible story to watch, and currently this goes to 28 homes covering 55 children. Our Zoom session is about 16 families. This approach has drawn some new families into our activities. For Christmas we have a Family Quiz, Zoom Crib Service and a Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt around Sampford Peverell.
During lockdown I haven't attended any churches. The Messy Church craft kits and Zoom sessions have been offered to church families, and several take part.
Mental Health First Aid - I am now qualified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, having completed the two day training course. Please take time to educate yourself - maybe even go on a course. Start here if you are interested https://mhfaengland.org/
Sept 2019 - Aug 2020
I regularly visited each church and took part in Harvest & Christmas services.
In most schools I spent time as a ‘spare pair of hands’ in each classroom, including helping with a Christmas production. I took 2 assemblies in each school per term until lockdown, then from March provided a weekly video assembly. Severals schools used my videos as the basis for their RE lessons during lockdown. We helped with Christingle making & services for each school and took end of term Christmas services. I have taken, or provided resources for several RE lessons. I created a digital Easter Posada for KS1 & KS 2 children, as the physical Posadas could not be used (I created 8 sets for schools). I created online Holy Week activities – 4 sessions for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. These contained stories, questions, jigsaws, online colouring, mazes and also adapted some of the materials that I had already prepared to use in schools.
Messy Church & Sundaze: these have many families who don’t come into our normal church services – Messy Church has about 16 regular families, Sundaze has about 7 regular families. Part of my remit is to develop volunteers, and we have welcomed two new people onto the Messy Church planning team. In terms of developing sustainability at Messy Church we have introduced Outdoor MC and Messy Church Lite, which are easier to organise and require less people. For Christmas Eve I set up a treasure hunt and led the Crib Service. In lockdown I provided weekly Church at Home emails, and set up a Kids Page on the website.
I completed C1 & C2 safeguarding training and I have regular meetings with Glyn