This week I was invited to take a lesson with Year 6 pupils about Holy Communion. Only two children in the class had ever been to a church service with communion and none had received communion themselves.
I took them through the account of The Last Supper from the New Testament and how that has become a sacrament in the Christian church. They were most interested in hearing about my personal experiences of taking communion in a variety of different settings, and wanted to know why communion is important to Christians and how it makes us feel connected to God. At the end of the lesson we passed around the bread and grape juice so they could experience for themselves how communion is taken in my church, making it clear that we were only re-enacting, not taking communion for real. (Wendy Swan)
During our weekly detached work in the Alun school this week, we ran a construction challenge. Teams of pupils were given jelly babies and toothpicks and great honour and glory was awarded to the tallest free-standing structure at the end of 5 minutes. The towers were then swiftly consumed (well,not the toothpicks!).
We had some great chats about building foundations, and shared Jesus' teachings about building on the solid rock that is only found in Him.
I've been unwell for a few weeks with viral labrynthitis, which has left me dizzy and disoriented (nothing new there, many would say!) To my great frustration I had to take a week off last week.
It's such a relief to be able to rest and get better knowing that Arawn and Hannah are keeping things running smoothly in the local schools. Our resourceful intern Hannah Stephens has stepped up to the challenge and with minimal input from me, she's made sure all of the resources have been ready for our regular assemblies, which she has delivered with either our Welsh language Children's, Youth and Community worker Arawn Glyn or with trustee Olive Peters.
Our regular work in the secondary schools has continued too, with Arawn and Hannah keeping the two Welsh clubs going at Ysgol Maes Garmon, and Ben Evans intern with King's Christian Centre, helping out in the Alun. I'm hoping to get back into school myself this week, your prayers would be greatly appreciated. At the moment loud noises and large crowds are rather overwhelming, so I might have to be back-seat driver for a while longer.
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