Catherine Johnston

Catherine Johnston

Monday, 16 April 2018 08:45

Heatwave

 

“Neh, neh, neh, neh, neh!
Neh, neh, neh, neh, neh!
Neh, neh, neh, neh, neh!
HEATWAVE HOP!”

I would like to start with an apology to all of the Parents whose children have been singing this on repeat since Friday. I know I have, much to the annoyance of my housemates and friends!

In the Easter holidays we transformed the Family Centre into a TV Broadcasting set, as part of our playscheme for 5-11 year olds from the 3rd-6th April. The children were able to be part of the live studio of the Heatwave channel, broadcasting many news worthy items from current affairs as well as hearing live testimonies of men and women who encountered Jesus many centuries back, people like Martha (Mary’s sister), Zacchaeus, the Paralysed man (whose friends made a hole through the roof) etc… meeting the people whose lives were transformed by Jesus and asking them pertinent questions about their encounter with Jesus. We also had crazy weather reports (where the presenter of choice might get a little teeny bit wet) and Dan even showed us in a cooking segment the best way to crack an egg...on your forehead!

Heatwave is a week of fun and games, but is also a really good time to connect with the kids and teach them more about Jesus and his heart for them. Most of the 40 kids that came aren’t from Revs, and are just from the local community - quite a few of them have been coming for years, and have older brothers or sisters who came before them. Even for our kids who already know God, it’s been great to spend our holidays singing, dancing and worshipping Him with friends. One of the best things about doing church with all of you is worshipping God and learning more about who he is alongside friends, and kids need that too. This means that something like Heatwave is a chance for them to explore faith with others, and not just family.

It has also been really cool to be part of something that has been built over time and has links to kids that aren’t involved in our other programmes and events. Dan and I would love to make Heatwave even bigger and better next year. We can't wait to invite you onto team next Easter to be part of it!

Catherine Johnston
Children's Worker