Taking a few simple black cloths to cover chairs and the church walls and then adding some net lights was a very simple job, but the transformation of the church was amazing and the atmosphere was incredible.
Thrive Juniors took off in March with a bang. 62 children and 49 leaders from across 13 churches, attended our event. The afternoon started with creating scenes of Jesus miracles made out of newspaper. We had miracles ranging from feeding the five thousand to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Hannah from St Paul’s Leamington and Jamie from Saltisford Church led the games. Circle dodge ball seemed very popular. The children particularly liked it when their leaders were the targets in the centre and they had to get them out.
It was great to have a live worship band from St Paul’s Leamington who led us with the singing. Nicky and Nana performed a flag dance to emphasise the meaning of one of our worship songs.
We watched a video of the Easter story, followed by an illusion to show that Jesus didn’t remain dead, as the tomb was empty because He had risen. This was backed up by Crown Community Church performing ‘He’s not here,’ with the puppets.
The talk was a visual way to understand the meaning of Easter with a challenge to think about and explore with their leaders. The refreshments were generously provided by Tesco, which the children enjoyed as they chatted in their groups about the Easter message.
There was such a buzz of excitement during the whole event. We would like to thank the core planning team for all their time spent meeting, planning and praying and everyone who was involved to make Thrive Juniors such a success.
One leader was delighted to tell me that one of their children had given their life to Jesus that night.
What people had to say about the event:
“It was brilliant – Just what I hoped it would be!” (Hannah – children’s leader, St Mary’s Leamington)
“Can we come back tomorrow?” (A child from St Mary’s Leamington)
“Our children really enjoyed it and we came away feeling prettyinspired!” (Ian – children’s leader, Dale Street Methodist)