Three churches in Crossgates (St James Manston, Cross Gates Methodists and ChristChurch, Manston Gardens) came together to host three afternoons of activities for Primary and pre school aged children and their families during the first week of the school holidays.
The Methodist Church used craft activities, games and celebration worship time along the model of “Messy Church”, all relating to “Bible Journeys by Road”.
St James Church of England Parish built on its “Teddy Praise” group and also had ‘fishy’ drama and craft activities (including a memorable big whale!), and sports on the field, based on the theme of “Bible Journeys by Sea”. Thursday children’s club activities as used at Christchurch, Manston Gardens, formed the basis for “Bible Journeys up a Mountain” and the story of Elijah at Mount Carmel – involving Pastor Grahame in full Elijah garb, alongside his flickering tissue paper fire!
Xpedition Xgates was advertised by means of assemblies in four local primary schools, and by further publicity handed out to all our school children and in the Cross Gates Shopping Centre. Karen Gray, ConnectingCrossgates community worker co-ordinated the assemblies and received registrations. Those who attended the activities will be contacted about future activities and services geared towards families with young children, and as leaders of the local churches ‘journeying together’ we plan to build on the links we have made as an ecumenical team with our local schools.