Teddy Bear's Picnic Party and 2017 Report

“If you went down to St John’s today” – Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Storkies

37 children came with parents and carers and enjoyed a very happy and exciting morning at Storkies end of term party in mid-July. The theme was a picnic for their favourite cuddly teddy or toy. Everyone enjoyed the toys, games and doodle bag craft and of course the fantastic bouncy castle set up in the Lady Chapel. A party treat also went home and a big thank you needs to go to Cherie Hurcombe for sourcing the balloons that caused such delight!

Many thanks also to Mother’s Union who served the picnics and to Rev.Peter who came and reminded us that this is the third year Storkies has been running… time does fly! He gave a very thoughtful blessing to the children bidding them health, safety and God’s love over the summer break on behalf of the Benefice.

Some of the children who have been at Storkies since the beginning are leaving for school now and it was lovely to give them a special cheer and send them forward to a new stage in their lives. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of their development and we hope they leave with life long memories of happy days spent with us in church at Storkies and will feel that St John’s is a place that cares for them and that they will always belong to.

This year has been fantastic and we have had some lovely times. Now each term one of the story sessions is parent led and we have had a variety of skills showcased by parents and carers. Hawaiian dancing, a silly hat story, and an Old Mc Donald’s story song with violin and piano accompaniment. Rev David brought some of our friends from his work in India to teach us a song  and at another session made some delicious Indian sweets that had parents asking for the recipe! Sue and I continue to make absolute idiots of ourselves doing puppets, dressing up and becoming dingle dangle scarecrows every week! But it’s such fun and very rewarding to use the church building in such a special way.

Storkies has also had the pleasure of dressing the church porch for Rev David’s Induction. Harvest, the Crib Festival and lately the Chipping Sodbury Festival when we used the Americana theme to highlight the mission of Jonny Appleseed to fill the USA with nurseries of apples. His vision of planting good seeds to see them grow and flourish seemed to represent what we truly hope happens at Storkies each week.

Can I just take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports Storkies not just on this week but every Tuesday by helping set up, pack away, preparing the healthy snack, doing the accounts, to Michelle and Trish in the office who are always there when we need them and everyone who is remembering us in your prayers. To Cherie, Audrey and Hilary special thanks for all your support, kindness and energy as you help us deliver safeguarding, crafts and by supporting parents and carers each week. Sue and I couldn’t do it without you all and when you see the fun and joy the children have it really is worth every moment spent in the planning, preparation and delivery of this part of our church life. A special thanks to Bob Alcock who empties the children’s loo every week, this to me means more than anything!

Storkies begins again on the 5th September 2017 . Anyone interested in getting involved  please let us know over the summer, your help would be valued and appreciated.

Sarah Ledger and Sue Alcock

StorKies - Teddy Bears' Picnic