Christingle 2016

Another brilliant Christingle Service yesterday – thanks to Dean Valley School Orchestra and Bollington Cross School Carol Singers – and to Beverley Nixon and the team for preparing the Christingles beforehand and launching the Messy Nativity Sheep Trail around Bollington!

Looking forward to the flock being gathered in again on Christmas Eve at our Crib Service at 4.00pm!

Beep Beep!

beepbeepdayYou certainly couldn’t miss seeing our toddlers today dressed in bright colours for National Road Safety Week! At Praise & Play we focussed on keeping safe, on the road as well as in the car, at our Beep Beep Event, with Zak the Zebra and his special car seat. The children practised crossing our (pretend) road safely, by always holding their parent’s or carer’s hand and by learning the song: “Use your eyes and your ears before you use your feet!” Then they made big and small handprints with red, orange and green paints on our special poster! Everyone had great fun: playing, snacking on traffic light biscuits and supporting Brake, the road safety charity! Thanks to Bev, Nichola and Alison, for all your good ideas and for making it happen, safely!

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Congratulations Beverley!

Beverley Nixon is awarded her Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry 19 Nov 2016

Veronica writes…

It was a pleasure to be at Manchester Cathedral yesterday to celebrate Bev Nixon receiving her Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry! Participants on the year-long course came from both Chester and Manchester Dioceses, alongside several Youth Work Course awards which also included students from Blackburn Diocese. The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton and Chair of Manchester Diocesan Board of Education, gave a very moving and engaging address, speaking from his early vocational as well as his current personal experience. The unusual choice of a reading from the Bible was a passage from Job 32 vv 1-10, where a previously reticent young person, prompted by God’s wisdom, finally dares to speak out.

The whole service was very inspiring! It gave fresh impetus to all of us wishing to offer “Christian love and time” to children and young people and their families, and importantly to listen to and hear their voices in our midst as an inclusive Christian community. Thank you Bev for all you do to enable this to happen here!

…and after the service in Manchester Cathedral yesterday, we were delighted to witness the consecration of a new Bishop  … God bless you,  Helen! You’re a star too!

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Light Party – All Hallows’ Eve

31 October 2016 – A celebration for children up to 10 years old.

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“Shine as lights in the world!” Another amazing Light Party here at St Oswald’s to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! Thanks to Bev and the whole team who helped to make this such a fun event for all 46 children, the youngest of whom was just two weeks old! “Many hands make light work!”

 

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Family Fun Day – 27 August 2016

As it is Summer holiday time, and following on from our Family Fun Day in July, we are planning another whole family event and staging a Funday this month with All The Fun of The Fair.

This event is open to all families in Bollington and beyond and I hope that it will be well attended. We will charge an entrance fee of £5 per family after which all the activities will be free but we will have a nominal charge for refreshments.

The Funday will run, come rain or shine, from 10am to 2pm.

Family Fun Day – Saturday 23 July

As it is Summer holiday time we are planning a whole family event and staging a Funday this month with a Pirate theme to it. This event is open to all families in Bollington and beyond and I hope that it will be well attended. We held similar events last summer and they were quite popular. We will charge an entrance fee of £5 per family after which all the activities will be free but we will have a nominal charge for refreshments.
The Funday will run, come rain or shine, from 10am to 2pm.

The Eve of All Hallows 2015

In the Christian calendar, 1 November is the feast of All Saints. An old name for the festival is All Hallows. Just as the day before Christmas Day is called Christmas Eve, so the day before All Saints Day used to be known as Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
Although All Saints’ Day is a particularly Christian Festival, Halloween has become associated with particularly non-Christian celebrations of witches and the like.
This year we have organised activities to teach our young people the reasons to celebrate the Saints. We will be holding a “Light Parties” for children up to age 11.
We will celebrate “The Light of Christ” and “The Saints in Light”.
No Tricks, Just Treats!
Entry will be by Ticket Only – obtainable in advance at Praise & Play or RICH group meetings.