Annual Report April 2021-March 2022

Please find below a copy of the Annual Report for April 2021 – March 2022 as promised.

Please do take time to read the report and praise God for the many blessings we have received throughout the year and pray for wisdom and guidance as we deliver our Mission Plan for Greasby Methodist Church 2021-23

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey Cross Factor

 

HOPE JOURNEY CROSS FACTOR                          

It was a joy to welcome over 100 children and staff to our annual Hope Journey Cross Factor Thursday 31st March

Following the welcome and introduction, the children participated in 6 workshops

  • The Easter Story using a jig saw puzzle, which puts Jesus at the heart of the cross.  We discussed the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, The garden of Gethsemane, how Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest’s house, before being taken to Pilate who ‘washed his hands of the affair’, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
  • What is Easter? – during which the children explored the significance of Palm Sunday (acting out the triumphant entry into Jerusalem), Maundy Thursday/The Last Supper and the significance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, the symbolism of bread and wine at communion.  This provoked many questions about our Christian faith, who Jesus really was and why he had to die on the cross
  • I was there! – a Roman Soldier told us his experience of being in Jerusalem during Holy Week and how he felt when being told to go and arrest Jesus, whom he believed to be a good man who had performed miracles and healed people.  He thought Pontius Pilate would do the right thing and free Jesus – but he did not.  And he was shocked and delighted to meet an angel at the tomb who said Jesus was alive.  The children discussed how that Centurion felt during the events of that week
  • Death to life – We thought about how some things can look dead – but are brought back to life – like a bulb before it grows into a beautiful flower and a chrysalis before it becomes a pretty butterfly.  As Christians, we believe that Jesus rose again and is alive and with us today and every day in our lives.  We discussed what we may like to change in our own lives, in our community and in the world and the children wrote their thoughts on leaves which are displayed on the communion table
  • A look at some Crosses from around the world (Roman, Crucifix, Palm, Celtic, Salvadorian) and why we share Palm crosses on Palm Sunday and the children started to design their own cross

In addition the children enjoyed designing an Easter card whilst sharing in some refreshments

This year our gift bags contained a number of items including

  1. The Journey through Holy Week as a take home leaflet (see above) so that the children could colour the images whilst they shared the story with families
  2. The Greatest Miracle of All – Easter story from the Bible society
  3. A Palm Cross
  4. A small chocolate easter egg to remind us of the stone which had been rolled away because Jesus is Alive
  5. An invitation to Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter services, and a Say One for Me prayer card

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Easter Eggstravaganza

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Please come and join us at our monthly Service on second Sunday of every month, 2.30-4.00pm

We would love to see you again on Sunday 10th April from 2.30

Do come and join us for an exciting treasure hunt (with prizes), the Easter story, singing with the puppets, prayers and Easter treats (including chocolate easter cakes and hot cross buns of course!) No charge and no need to book, just turn up and have fun

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Lego Church

LEGO CHURCH

Please come and join us at our monthly Service on second Sunday of every month, 2.30-4.00pm

We would love to see you again on Sunday 13th March from 2.30

Do come and join us for crafts, Bible stories, singing, prayers and building The Creation in Lego and Duplo! No charge and no need to book

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Toasty Church

TOASTY CHURCH

Please come and join us at our monthly Service on second Sunday of every month, 2.30-4.00pm

We would love to see you again on Sunday 13th February

Do come and join us for crafts, Bible stories, singing and Toasty Toast! No charge and no need to book

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Hope Journey Epiphany – Journey with the Kings

HOPE JOURNEY EPIPHANY – JOURNEY WITH THE KINGS

 

Hope Journey Epiphany – Journey with the Kings

What a joy to be able to share Epiphany – Journey with the Kings with over 90 Year 1 children from Greasby Infant School (morning) and Brookdale Primary School (afternoon) on Thursday 13th January

Our Journey to school map

This year we were able to follow the usual programme.  Following our welcome and introduction

  • The children completed a Journey to School map, drawing all the things they had noticed as they walked to church.  This created the context of journeying
  • We introduced our three ‘very special friends’ who had travelled a long, long way to share their story and we watched the puppet sketch of the three magi retelling their experiences of travelling and meeting the baby Jesus
  • We talked about the significance of gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts for a future King
  • and about gifts which would be suitable to give to a baby and what we can give Jesus as our gift (being kind, looking after each other eg helping someone who falls over, sharing toys and sweets, even helping parents by keeping our bedroom tidy!)
  • We sang Our God is a Great Big God – with gusto!
  • The children then completed three workshop activities which included writing or drawing our gift(s) to Jesus on a star which was glued onto their journey map; playing the ‘Build a Magi’ game (bit like a beetle drive) whilst enjoying refreshments and a ‘Three Kings’ craft activity
  • During the plenary we talked about how the magi changed their direction, before we committed ourselves to being the kind of people God wants us to be. 
The three Magi retell their story

We gave the children gifts too – an Epiphany Prayer card to share with the family at home, an invite to our church activities, the child friendly Say One for Me card, a Meet The Cast (Lifewords) story book which tells the Christmas story and a bag of Haribo Starmix, to remind us of the star the wise men followed to find Jesus and the gifts they took as we share our sweets with each other

Meet The Cast – the Christmas story

We are now looking forward to our next Hope Journey – Cross Factor (Easter story) which will take place on Thursday 31st March, for Year 5 children from Greasby Junior School and Brookdale Primary School.

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Everyone enjoyed having breakfast with Santa!

 

We were thrilled when Santa managed to pop into Greasby Methodist Church to join us for breakfast on Saturday 18th December.  Despite a rather busy schedule, he arrived about 9.00am to the joyous singing of children and families.  Santa was really pleased to hear Jingle Bells and the songs about his reindeer, Rudolf.  He listened carefully to all the hopes of the children as we ate a hearty breakfast – it was not only the adults who enjoyed the bacon butties!

Xandie enjoys his breakfast with Santa

To our surprise Santa did not know what we are really celebrating at Christmas so the children gathered around to help Paul tell him the Good News story of how and where Jesus was born, the shepherds called to visit Him first as well as the wise men who brough their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We shared the news that Good News that Jesus was born to be King of the World.  We enjoyed singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus, the best gift that anyone could ever receive.  However Santa did have some lovely presents for each of the children, and it was sad when he had to go on his way.  But we hope to see him again next year

Sue Elliott

Children and Families co-ordinator

Hope Journey Meet The Characters

HOPE JOURNEY MEET THE CHARACTERS

 

We were delighted to welcome 92 Year 2 children to Meet The Characters on Thursday 9th December, including both Greasby Infant School (morning session) and Brookdale Primary School (afternoon session)

Following our welcome and introduction, we shared the Christmas story, highlighting that we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas

The children went to meet each of the characters in the story including

  • The Angel Gabriel – God’s messenger to fulfil God’s plan.  The appearance and message ‘Do not be afraid….’ to Mary and then Joseph, also the shepherds and Magi. 

The Angel Gabriel explains their story
  • Mary’s experience – from the message from the Angel Gabriel, the census, travelling to Bethlehem, arriving at the Inn where there was no space, the arrival of Jesus and the amazing visitors – the shepherds and three Magi – who recognised Jesus as the King of Kings
  • The shepherd(s) – who were chosen to be the first to hear about the birth and hurried down to Bethlehem to see him
One of the shepherds explains their story
  • The Magi – bringing their gifts and travelling back a different way to avoid Herod and why
  • The Innkeeper and his donkey – who explained his job as an innkeeper, why Bethlehem was so busy due to the census, the arrival of Mary and Joseph followed by the birth of a baby.  The children engaged enthusiastically in waking the donkey up so that the donkey could tell them his story, carrying Mary to Bethlehem and all the commotion in the stable!

At the end of each workshop, the children asked lots of interesting questions including whether Mary and Joseph ever got married and asking the Angel Gabriel if s/he could fly!

The children also enjoyed a break for refreshments during which they created Fridge magnet(s) of the nativity scene

During the plenary the children shared who their favourite character was and why, before singing ‘Happy Birthday to Jesus’ and receiving a gift bag with take home gifts including the Passport/colouring sheet to explain to families the characters they had met; a candle prayer to share with the family on Christmas Day; an invite to our Christmas services; a Meet The Cast (Lifewords) story book which retells the Christmas story and a Gold biscuit representing gold, frankincense and myrrh which the wise men brought to Jesus.

Meet The Cast – the Christmas story

Now we are looking forward to welcoming 93+ Year 1 children to our next Hope Journey is Epiphany –Journey with the Kings, which will take place on Thursday 13th January

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Breakfast with Santa

Come and join us for a Breakfast with Santa!

Saturday 18th December 2021, 9.00-10.30am

Lets celebrate the birth of Jesus

Share breakfast with Santa, tell Santa the Christmas story, sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

£4.00 per child (includes breakfast and a present)

Bacon Rolls, tea/coffee for parents and carers (donations on the day)

Phone 677 5127

or call into church office 9.00-11.30am any day (except Thursday)

or email office@greasbymethodistchurch.org.uk for more information and a booking form

We hope to see you again

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Hope Journey Remembering

HOPE JOURNEY REMEMBERING

                                                               

What a joy to welcome nearly 100 Year 6 children from Greasby Junior School (in the morning) and Brookdale Primary School (in the afternoon) to our annual Hope Journey Remembering on Thursday 11th November. 

Following our introduction and welcome, we shared six workshops

Welcome to evacuation families by Air Warden Jeffries
  • The Anne Frank story – we considered the traumatic experiences of Anne Frank; thought about what Christians are remembering through the sharing of bread and wine at Holy Communion and wrote beautiful prayers which were offered at worship on Remembrance Sunday.
  • A Wartime Experience delivered whilst sitting in an ‘Anderson shelter’.  We thought about the different types of shelters, listened to experiences of those who survived WW2 and thought about how we would feel in such conditions
  • In the craft workshop we prepared a wreath of hope – hopes and dreams for ourselves, in our community and the world around us.  We talked about the hope Christians have in our Lord Jesus Christ as we shared refreshments.  The schools will display the wreathes in their classroom
  • What and Why we remember on Armistice Day 11th November and on Remembrance Sunday.  Following a DVD clip we talked about WW1; Silent Night and a game of football on Christmas Day 1914; WW2, other conflicts which have taken place and are ongoing today; the symbolism of different coloured poppies and thought about the poem Flanders Field
  • Untold Stories – following an introductory piecing together of a jigsaw, we understood the importance of piecing together stories to understand life during wartime.  Children read a number of stories written by local members who shared their experiences of living in WW2 and discussed what we can learn from them
  • Rationing and Evacuation – the children learnt about rationing; food shortages; ration books; weekly shortages and the points system, before considering evacuation – why? where? how? and how children must have felt at that time
Piecing together the jigsaw, then the stories

During the plenary the children shared what they had learnt from this Hope Journey.  They also received the usual take home gift bags with colouring sheets from the Royal British Legion, a word puzzle about Holy Communion, the Welcome back to Greasby Methodist Church leaflet, a Say One For Me card, a replica WW1 St Johns gospel issued to all men in active service; the Jelly Babies and Jesus story and a weekly ration of sweets (equivalent to 5 jelly babies) to share between the entire family of 7 for one week – that is if you could even get hold of some sweets!

St John Gospel, given to soldiers in WW1

We are looking forward to our next Hope Journey Meet The Characters which will take place on Thursday 9th December when we will welcome 60 Year 2 children from Greasby Infant School in the morning and 30 Year 2 children from Brookdale Primary School in the afternoon.  

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator