Yesterday morning our doors opened for the annual children’s summer holiday club, this year entitled ‘Catholics brave the elements’. Some 30 primary school aged children gathering together for games, craft and daily devotion. Each day we are focusing on a different aspect of the weather- a very British thing to do- and Monday was the sunshine.
During devotions in church the children watched a short video about Moses leading the children of Israel across the wilderness. It helped us realise that the sunshine is not always welcome- in desert regions of the world it can lead to danger and difficulty- and much grumbling by those sweltering in its heat. We then considered how in our own journey of faith we must learn to trust God, like Moses, and not complain too much, like the people of Israel. We must learn to be a joyful nor complaining people…
Being Christian isn’t a ‘get out of jail free’ card in life, God does not remove difficulty or suffering from our path! But if we remain close to him then he can and does work in us and will provide for our needs. He will give the strength to overcome life’s obstacles and produce fruit in our lives.
The craft activity saw the children making their own sunglasses, pictures of the sun, clay models of the sun and large sheets depicting different weather. There was much industry in our lovely new hall.
For the creation of the large sheet art the children broke into small groups. One group painted a brilliant orange sun.
Another group took on storm clouds and lightening.
There was a sheet set aside for rain
Another for snow and ice. Which produced a handsome snowman.
The wind had worried me, but fortunately the children are more mature than the priests within this parish and produced a tree with falling leaves.
And finally we had some fluffy clouds produced with cotton wool.
Lunch was well deserved and watching the children play on the grass and enjoy the church grounds made every hour of our hauling down 72 trees seem worthwhile.
I end with the finished weather sheets which are hanging out to dry in the hall. Didn’t the children do well!
Tomorrow we return from 10am- 2pm for a day centred on rain. Let us hope the actual weather remains firmly fixed on glorious sunshine!