To kick off this term's Sunday School we have started with Adam and Eve. We had fun making paper chain snakes, as well as Anagrams and crosswords. We enjoyed seeing who could make the longest snake! We decided at the end that the snake's looked a bit too friendly!
On Saturday, some of the members of the Sunday School decorated our window with a farm and a scarecrow. In the Sunday School session we enjoyed making harvest baskets! After that we very much enjoyed eating the harvest loaf with the rest of the church, made by Ellie!
When you buy a milkshake worth £2 (Milkshake, whipped cream and a topping) you can have FREE SAUCE!
And that's not all - if you and a friend who hasn't been before buy a milkshake - you will both get it HALF PRICE!
In other words, it's two for the price of one! WOW! Come to youth café, at the Lamplighter, Bishopston Road, Swansea. Come and get your half price milkshakes - and get your friends coming at the same time.
On Saturday, 7th December, some of the members of the AM I BOVERED youth group went up to Reynoldston church hall, in which they helped out in the angel factory. They had to dress up as angels and decorate a small stage with tinsel, Christmas lights etc. Then they prepared to "disguise" the participants of the stable trail into angels.
First, the participants would assemble before heading up into the angel factory where they would put on halos, have some sparkly glitter spray on their hair and wear a secret angel wristband to prove their new identity. After this, the angel would tell them to head to king Herod's palace, where they would begin their journey on which they had to follow the stars to find the baby king.
On the way they visited King Herod, his guard and his secretary as well as five "wise" men - all wearing fezzes, a hilarious sight - a few worried shepherds (Where has Shaun the sheep got to?) and a startling sight of some more angels, a few innkeepers to point them in the right direction and finally; Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus himself. Not to mention, at the end, Mary and Joseph gave them all some delicious chocolate coins. Yum yum!
Overall, it was a brilliant experience for the whole of AM I BOVERED - they enjoyed it thoroughly - and of course, all of the children who came along and had fun at the stable trail. We had 187 children there in total, and roughly 200 adults - that's a total of about 387 people - a brilliant success!
Below is a slideshow of all of the different points of the stable trail, as well as a map to get to Reynoldston - it is a lovely village, very friendly with nice houses and lots of animals.
On 24th December every year in St Teilo's we host a D.I.Y Crib Service. This is a service in which the story of Christmas is read out, and the congregation sings a hymn as children (such as the disciples) walk up the aisle dressed up in bright and colourful costumes. One person will be Mary, another may be a shepherd, or wise man and so on. We usually even have a real baby!
This year, the Disciples decided to make it a bit different. We made a script (click on the link below for the final copy) and basically showed our audience what Christmas was like around the world. We rehearsed this many times and enjoyed performing it during the service. It was then followed by a few bible readings, we sand "Once in Royal David's City" while Mary and Joseph came up the aisle. Overall it was an enjoyable event an we all loved taking part.
If you couldn't be there please feel Free to check out the script below. Bye!
At St Teilo's, every year on Christmas Eve the church holds a D.I.Y crib service. This is a popular occasion on which you can turn up dressed up as anything from the story, an angel, a wise man, a shepherd or even a camel. For a few, the disciples have been taking this a bit further - by instead of just having the characters walk up the aisle to a hymn and stand in front of the congregation until the end of the service, we would add in speech, give people lines to say, make a few twists, add in extra bits and all sorts of different things which give the performance a bit more showbiz, a bit more interest. In other words, we don't like to bore the congregation with the same thing every year. Obviously, we can't change the story line but what we can do is add a bit of 21st century Christmas at the start, maybe at the end too.
This year, we are going to focus on Christmas around the world. We're gong to have a scene from a selection of different countries, and then show you the real Christmas - show you how it all started (i.e. The Nativity) we might even do something at the very end. But time is tight, and we have to begin soon, so we will be giving the blog a sneak peek of some extracts from the script, this week. Very exciting. And we promise to have a review on the actual performance at the end.
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At St Teilo's, we have some brilliant clubs and groups where children can have lots of fun, make new friends, and feel part of the church. Firstly, we have DISCIPLES (left) a Sunday School group every two Sundays at Saint Teilo's, during the 10:00 service every 2nd and 4th Sunday. At Disciples we have been working on wall displays, posters, bible scenes, and lots of extra activities involving different Bible Stories. In the picture to the left, you can see some of our members enjoying themselves while making a fair trade poster - we are thinking about doing some charity work (raising money for charity.)
The members of our Disciples want to re-decorate the Upper room (the room that we hold our sessions in) with a small corner with cushions and beanbags where the members can sit down and play a board game etc. We will have a new table, possibly some trays where they can keep un-finished work, and a lot more storage space. We are planning on clearing out lots of our supplies and buying new equipment (pens, paper, paintbrushes, worksheets, folders, glue, paints, pencils scissors etc) To do all this, of course, we need money. We've already started a fund in church, and are hoping to get together some fund-raising events. We already have a few ideas, such as a "Mad hatters tea party" - an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, with entertainment, a raffle and a hat competition. We might also have a cake sale, put on a play or do anything that could bring together enough money to make the upper room look really nice.
Secondly, we have YOUTH CAFE a brilliant place you can go to after school. It involves a delicious milkshake, and I know from experience that they are extremely tasty - you can have one of a selection of three different flavours, a generous squirt of fresh whipped cream, a fantastic topping (mini marshmallows, chocolate flakes, candy balls and more) a brilliant flavoured sauce and an elegant chocolate wafer on the top. A brilliant deal for just £2, but that's not all. We also have a wide selection of biscuits and cakes including lots of fairtrade chocolates and finally, we have wi-fi. So come along to Youth cafe with your friends, every Monday and Friday, 3pm - 5pm during term time, at The Lamplighter, Bishopston Road. Don't forget, if you bring a friend for the first time, you both get a half price milkshake.
Last, but not least, we have AM I BOVERED? This is a fantastic youth group that is guaranteed to entertain all children. If you love video clips, hot chocolate, quizzes, popcorn, parties and trips then you've come to the right place. We've been going for just over a year, and have had lots of successful trips, where we have been bowling and lots more. Recently we went to Llanmadoc on a residential trip on which we enjoyed going to the beach, rock climbing, playing games and of course having the usual sessions every evening. The food was brilliant, the dormitories were lovely and everyone had a great time. We hope to go on another weekend trip soon, so don't miss out. Come to Am I Bovered (starting back in January) every Sunday Night at The Lamplighter, Bishopston Road for your share of the fun.
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