There are lots of fun and games to be enjoyed in St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Belfast’s Donegall Pass this Holy Week at the Easter Kids’ Club running all week.
The fun takes place from 5pm to 7pm Monday to Friday, and starts with a snack followed by high energy games in the large upstairs hall. The children then get involved in activities including memory verse learning, crafts and challenges.
After that it’s off to visit the church itself for action songs, videos and discussion about the Easter story, before coming back into the hall for a hot meal which goes down a treat after all that dancing and jumping about in the church!
The club is overseen by the Rev Bob Cotter and his wife Sally who are working hard to engage with families in the local community. Alison Shaw is the Family Worker at St Mary Magdalene and has contact with many of the children and their families through homework clubs, schools’ work and women’s group as well as special events such as fun days.
Bob, Sally and Alison have valued this opportunity to deepen their connection with local children.
Church staff have been supported by a team from The Hub at Queen’s University. The Rev Barry Forde, Chaplain; Lynn Gibson, Assistant Chaplain; James Mateer, intern assistant, and Elise Brammer, intern assistant, were responsible for planning and organising the activities.
A team of Queens’ students helps with the day to day running of the club, building relationships with the kids though the activities, through having fun and through being with them each day. The children have been joining in wholeheartedly, having fun and learning the amazing truths of the Easter story.
Take a look at the video below, and for lots more photographs, visit the Ripple Connor website.