On the 10th of September we launched our ‘Diddy Disciples’ pre-school group at St Michael and All Angels Church in Brookenby. The concept came about after looking at a number of pre-school groups operating very successfully in other churches.
‘Mini Messy’ a variant of the Messy Church franchise runs successfully out of the church hall in Market Rasen and is very well subscribed. Fr Richard Crossland runs a ‘Ducklings’ club at All Saints Church in Nettleham near Lincoln again very successfully. Ducklings now operates on two days a week owing to high demand. Both these offerings are free play and social time for children and their parents or carers and then to end a short section consisting of Story, Song and Prayer on a faith-based theme. After reviewing all the material commercially available we opted for the ‘Diddy Disciples’ materials. At present there is nothing operating in Brookenby that caters for young pre-school families and we believe the Diddy Disciple’s material and the group can fill that need.
Fr Chris and Rev Sarah Parkin from the Methodist circuit have agreed to work together in leading the group for the first 12 months, with the help and support of Carolyn Winter from Thoresway and myself.
Reaching out to families is hard, as we all know, but after three sessions we have two new families who enjoy the session and they have recommended it to others via word of mouth and social media.
This term we are working through a module called ‘God the Maker’ a module designed to deliver harvest themed materials to children. I think we had all forgotten what it was like to be curled up in ball on the floor like a sleeping seed, then bursting into life and reaching high up to the sky. We loved it and the children loved it ... I think our bones creaked a little more than theirs!
If you are interested in helping or supporting the club, please let us know and we can invite you along. Obviously, there are safeguarding requirements and to operate this club all Brookenby PCC have had to undergo DBS checking. I thank them all for supporting this venture.
Selena Duke-Terjung (Churchwarden)