I don’t like going to the dentist!

I have never liked going to the dentist. As a child I always seemed to need to have a filling and my dentist did not believe in giving anaesthetic.

So did I go to the dentist today? — Yes.

Have I always gone to the dentist? — Yes

Why? —- Well I know that for my health and well being it is important. If I do not go to the dentist my general health will be affected. Life could be painful, difficult and ultimately not as good.

In the last few weeks it has been wonderful to see so many youngsters in the church, including Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as well as our children enjoying festive occasions. At a number of these services, the subject ‘mental health’ has been highlighted. The facts about this subject are that children and young people who attend acts of worship on a regular basis are significantly less likely to be stressed when taking exams, or have mental health issues as they get older. I really hope that everyone will note this and encourage their children, young people, grandchildren etc to attend church regularly for their health and well being, with the same purposeful ‘encouragement’ as we have about ‘going to the dentist’.

As I look forward to the things I will be involved in, there are exciting things ahead. We will be in the schools for ‘Open the Book’ and we are doing the Easter Experience again with the children from year five who attend the community schools. I will be regularly reading bible stories There is Messy Church on 19th February and we will be holding our Community Event with St John’s on Saturday 16th May.

Rob and I have also discussed doing an Easter Christingle service. Christingle services can be held at any time of the year, so we want to invite families to a special service to celebrate Easter time.

We are still doing follow up sessions for a small group of parents who attended the parenting classes, which is really good. In many ways this has been one of the most important aspects of my work with ‘families’.

On a personal basis I have enjoyed doing puppetry in various locations, on the street, at church services, in old people’s homes, but as well as this I have also lent out a few puppets for others to use. Puppetry is a fantastic way to deliver messages to others and a lot of fun.

My final plea! If you are able to assist me and/if you want to ask me anything about Children and Families work and puppetry, please speak to me.

Peter Freeman

Children and families Worker

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