It has been six weeks in and already I have been meeting with people and different groups within Newhills Church and in the community. I’ve had to memorise a lot of names and even now I don’t think I’ll remember them all so bear with me as I get to know you all a bit more and gather contact details for you all. It is a work in progress. It has been amazing to watch and be involved in the church and in the community.
I popped my head into the Brownies, which is held on a Wednesday evening in the church hall to say Hello. All the children were eager to say Hi and get to know who I am. It was great to connect with the leaders. I will be popping in again to get to know them more after summer.
I went along to the Boys Brigade Award Evening and met some of the parents and children. We did a treasure hunt, which was loads of fun. We sang songs and most importantly, I got to see them all receiving awards and badges. It was such a joy to be there. Proud parents stood together getting their cameras out, eager to capture the proud moment. All the leaders did a fantastic job organising and pulling this together. It made me very proud of Newhills Church as a whole.
I met with the Toddler Group that is held at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It has been good to chat with parents and join in on the fun with the children playing, enjoying a hot drink with a lovely slice of cake. I have learnt this is a place where parents can relax and enjoy seeing their children socialise. I joined in with nursery rhymes and parachute games.
I have been involved with Sunday Club making Father’s Day cards and learning of the journey of Abraham and Sarah. It has been great to meet with the leaders and see all the work they do in bringing this ministry together. Morag and I have been clearing out cupboards ready to launch our new Sunday Club. We have really got stuck in! It’s been a great time to get to know one another and organise resources into sections so they’re easily accessed, Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this. The more the better so we can crack on.
I had my first assembly at Brimmond Primary with Hugh, the theme being CHANGE, It was amazing to see so much joy in the children and teachers. I took my pet dog Sofia along to teach about change as she was taken home from Spain after a family holiday, how it can be daunting going into new situations, new classes, schools, jobs and our new surrounding with new people; how we adapt to change, how Jesus can reassure us, how I’m reminded that he guides and that I have to fully trust in him. Some of the children recognised me already from Sundays in the church and were very keen to make me aware of this. I was also a part of the Leavers Prize Giving. I got an insight into what they had been doing all year and photos of their week away at Loch Insh. It was such an honour to be a part of it. I also got in on the song that the children had for Rae Wallace who was leaving, how they managed to keep it from her as a surprise. What a great celebration of her time there. I am sure the children will miss her a lot and vice versa. As the children queued up to go back to their classes, I was greeted with high fives as they made their way back to the classroom. I must say my hand was throbbing by the end of it but was worth it.
I have been down to the Beacon Community Centre and meeting people and families. It has been great to see so much activity, people coming and going, The Gym Joeys are held each week along with other groups such as Messy Play, where I did get a little messy and got some paint on my white top – a reminder to never wear white while at Messy Play! The laughs and the cries of excitement filled my heart with so much joy and the welcome I have received from all these groups has been overwhelming. I sat and had hot drinks and cake, once more connecting with everyone, meeting the staff from Asda that meet regularly, also some familiar faces, finding out that some parents don’t drive and find it difficult to come to Newhills Church, but with our new Mini Bus I’m excited to see opportunities grow so that everyone can be a part of the church family. The encouragement I have received is so greatly appreciated. I am so excited to see what God has in store for us and with us all working together we are going to create some really fun new ideas.
I met with Michelle at the Community Centre who oversees the smooth running of everything in the BBCLA office. We shared ideas we really bounced off one another. I am so thankful for her support and how she is eager to work together to create new fun ideas. She is a credit to the Beacon Community Centre.
I was invited with Hugh and the Beacon Cuppa ladies to the ASN wing at Bucksburn Academy for them to receive thanks for Beacon Cuppa raising funds for them. They showed a video clip of all the activities the pupils had been doing, how money raised can make such a difference. They held their end of term disco at the church hall. I was so thrilled to be a part of that, watching the young adults dance the day away. I even joined in on a few moves, meeting the teachers and just getting to know them more with party games, party food. It was a great day. I was exhausted, but it was worth it.
I have also been further afield meeting with our friends over the hill helping at the Holiday Bible Club named “Guardians of Ancora” which was run by Skene Church and Westhill Community Church. It has been great to be a part of a growing ministry. They had 140 children. I learnt some new skills and picked up some great ideas that can be shared. It reminded me how important it is to work together and be organised in the roles we take on, however small or big your role is that it is valued and important in coming together to create something spectacular. Needless to say, after that week of games, teaching, songs, actions, crafts, I put my feet up with fish and chips. Thanking God – I am shattered but how good He is. I am excited to be thinking about plans for a Holiday Bible Club next summer for Newhills perhaps, how we make that happen to bring the love of Jesus into our community bringing families together in one place.
We are launching our new Sunday Club with a new name and logo and it has been great to get everyone’s input. I want to encourage all the parents, grandparents, and leaders out there to get the children to come along and check it out. It is going to be one explosion of excitement. I want to also encourage the families to join in our Back to School Sunday Service running on the same day, which is to be held on the 27th August at 10.30am where we will reveal the new name and logo. You will not want to miss out.
We are also having a fun packed Family Picnic to be held on Saturday 26th August at 12.30pm-3.00pm at Newhills Stables. There will be sandwiches, crafts, games, story time and a whole lot more. Please do come along. I would love to see you all there.
It has been an absolute blessing for me to be given such a role. God is good and so faithful. Please do continue to press into God’s goodness. I want to thank each every one of you for your continued prayers, love and support. I have enjoyed being a part of the Sunday Services and worshipping God together, and am looking forward to seeing what God does next.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or even just meet up for a chat. Be confident that God is with us, and He is a good, good Father.
Children and Family Worker