Preparations are under way for our annual Explore Easter events. With volunteers from local churches we bring the Passion week events to life for Junior pupils. They get to take part in the story as we re-create scenes and follow Jesus and his disciples through the events that led to the cross and the empty tomb.
We've hosted the event at Ebenezer church for Mold schools to attend and have also taken the event to outlying schools and utilised halls, classrooms and outdoor areas to create a sense of travelling along.
This year we hope to be able to bring more pupils out of their schools by working with village churches who will host us and take par in the story themselves.
King's Christian Centre has undergone major repairs and renovation to the roof of their building - Pendref Chapel on Bailey Hill. Pupils from Ysgol Bryn Gwalia visited the 'Living with History' exhibition which was part of the church's re-opening on October 7th. The pupils heard from Wendy Swan of Agathos about the history of the building and of the Welsh Methodist congregation who built the chapel and occupied the church for many years. The pupils had fun exploring the renovated area and answering Treasure Hunt questions. Each pupil left with an especially commissioned book which imaginatively painted a picture of a child's life whilst teaching much about local history and the history of Welsh Christianity in North Wales. In all 500 copies of the beautifully illustrated bilingual book were given out to pupils.
By Wendy Swan
Today Wendy and I started the "Higher Rugby" scheme devised up by Higher Sports in one of our local primary schools, Bryn Gwalia, to run as a lunch time session to improve general skills and game play as well as good sportsmanship and team play!
'Open the Book' the lively series of assemblies for primary schools, is still running well in our local Welsh language schools. We lead assemblies every fortnight at Terrig, Mornant and Croes Atti schools and twice per half term at Glanrafon school, with the support of Lowri and our key volunteer Katherine Richards.
The term started with a training day to equip the new Open the Book storytellers which Trustee Lowri Mitton had been recruiting in the summer term, in line with Agathos' vision to help connect churches with their local schools.
The time I have spent so far volunteering for Agathos has been amazing. After making the decision to take a year to serve God before making plans for the future about uni or a career I know that if I wasn't with Agathos I wouldn't be anywhere near as equipped for schools and youthwork as I am now. After also only becoming a Christian in February 2014 I know I have grown so much in the faith through this work and through biblical study - with my church, my role with Agathos and with my mentor John Mainwaring, who is an important part of my training year. I am very excited to see how God will work through me during my time with Agathos as well as in schools in the new year!" I am very excited to see how God will work through me during my time with Agathos as well as in schools in the new year!
Today on some informal lunchtime schools work we went into the local high school to talk to the pupils about "body image" and what promotes and what doesn't promote a positive body image; paying particular attention to the media and the pressures on young people today to achieve the "perfect" body. I was inspired to make a poster of images from celebrity magazines, most of which were known to be photoshopped, and set these images in contrast to the Bible's definition of beauty from 1 Peter 3 - 3:4 "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's eyes".
Today was the third in a week of assemblies at Mold Alun High School. The theme of the assemblies is around the scripture from Ecclesiastes 4 Verse 17 which says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." The assembly started with an illustration of strength: Wendy told the pupils how she has been working out recently to build her muscles up so she can beat her friends at a tug-of-war and so I was ready at one end of the rope and she at the other.
Today was my second informal lunchtime schools work activity and once again I was given the chance to come up with a plan of what kind of activity we could do. I came up with the idea to do something a bit more in depth than last week and asked the pupils "Why did life begin?" to get them thinking not about how we came into being (creation, big bang, evolution, etc...) but about why life began.
This was my (Kieran's) first week of Internship with Agathos and today was my first informal lunchtime schools work session. Wendy had given me the task of coming up with an idea and after some Googling and thinking I came up with the idea to have an icebreaker game for the new year 7s at the high school to get them talking, making friends and maybe give them a laugh.
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