So our summer started with a weeks mission in Minnis Bay, were they run clubs for all ages bringing the good news and providing a bit of respite for parents for the holidays ( as a child my mum took me hear to get a few hours peace I think!!) We helped out with the toddler venue, which was nice to met some mums who are local. They also host a water fight every year where the firemen come and spray the children, read about the great water fight here.
From this we then went to Sidcup to help our friends in a event called Lark in the Park, which started there 17 years ago and sees thousands of people come along. It hosts clubs in the day for all ages and evening entertainment. Best of all its free and is put on by the local churches of Sidcup. We helped out in the toddler club which one day 750 people came in the venue which had outside play area, inside soft play, role play craft all fun and at the end of each session they hold a show in which the children love. I also helped out in the adult art tent, a nice relief from following a 1 year old around. Pants loved being allowed to go in the teenage venue and play on the ps3 and football cage. A highlight was when they let him stay in the venue during the evening. We love it hanging out with family and friends and making memories together.
We then came home where I had a few days of but my husband helped to put down the marquees and put them up again this time for Lark in the Park in Ramsgate. We then were all go for another ten days. Helping out in yet another toddler venue, Ami enjoyed it very much playing with her friends and exploring. We also helped out at the evening events in which saw lots of free enterainment and fun for families. Was crazy spending 12 hours on site but good fun, although most the time I found myself looking for my children. It was great to be part of something for our local community, and hearing lots of good news day. one of the days there was a ladies day and we gave out gifts to all the ladies on site, one of the ladies was so overwhelmed by how nice people were she started crying. she said nobody had been that nice to her in a long time. The weeks finished with church in the park where our leader of our church and lark in the park said, if 100 people sign up to 5pound a month to sponsor Lark in the Park he will shave his hair of! much to his disappointment 123 people did! was very funny! We had a great summer getting stuck in to what was going on! Next year we have another addition wonder how much that will change how much we help out? knowing us not much at all!!
|Pastor Mike getting his hair shaved of!!