Children and Families (Nov)

At the beginning of October we held the Harvest Experience in the church and we welcomed the Year Fours from the three community schools. It was great to have six classes, 160 children with, additionally, teachers and parents attending. As always, it was a very special time with the children enjoying learning about this wonderful world that God created. The children shared bread, made thumb pots, planted bulbs, wove wool and made paper We also talked about God’s creation and prayed together.

Once again, I received excellent feedback from the teachers and pupils which bodes well for the future. The Harvest Experience could not happen without the support of a fantastic team. This year eighteen church members helped with the event(s), preparing displays and delivering the message of God’s love. Many of them gave up many hours, as some mornings two classes came to the event and some gave up at least two mornings. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of the helpers for all their support.

Since the beginning of May, I have been leading a parenting course, ‘Time Out for Parents – Special Educational Needs’. This is an eight-week course and was so well received by the attendees that they asked if they could do the two supplementary courses, ‘Time out for parents – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)’ and ‘Time out for Parents -ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Altogether the courses lasted fifteen weeks and I am grateful to my team of assistants who made running the course possible. Whilst the number of participants was low their willingness to share was truly fantastic and the feedback I have received very positive. The courses are really supportive and encouraging and I believe affirm the parents in their roles, encouraging them when at times they are in despair. I am now investigating what the needs are in the town so that I can discern if and when I should run the next parenting course.

Peter Freeman Children and Families Worker

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