*Jesus said “I am the light of the world”.
We will have a range of kid-friendly activities for the afternoon:
- solstice trivia,
- mural planning and painting
- a reflective bonfire
- and JUMPING CASTLE
If you’d like to volunteer at the event, get in touch with Jaimie or Jess. Otherwise, turn up for an afternoon of fun and local connections! Find out more here: https://paddington.church/five-ways-festival/
About SOMETHING NEW:
Future dates for 2021: Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 31 HALLOWEEN, Nov 14, Dec 5 GINGERBREAD, Dec 24/25 CHRISTMAS SERVICES. In 2021 we’re planning to use the themes from this Book called ‘Broken Signposts’ by NTWright as our topics for the year – love, justice, spirituality, beauty, freedom, truth and power (not necessarily in that order).
Something New in 2021:
LOVE: On Valentine’s Day 2021 we thought about LOVE – how relationships, friendship, community are some of the best things in life, but loneliness, abuse and heartache are among the worst! We reflected on what Jesus had to teach his friends as he washed their feet the night before his death. We had edible hearts, speed dating, friendship bracelet making and a youth excursion.
Something New in 2020:
Somethign New was quite disrupted in 2020 due to the COVID Pandemic, but we did enjoy a couple of weeks of meeting together. You can see the summary of our meetings below –
- hunting for lost figurines across the church site
- a conga line (bring your maraccas!)
- a community storytelling drama
- silhouette poster making
In September we met post-COVID to discuss the mysteriousness of living in God’s beautiful and broken world.We explored some of God’s wisdom literature – Ecclesiastes 3 – “For everything there is a season”. We reflected on the Season of COVID, the wisdom of God’s word and the mysteriousness of living in God’s beautiful and broken world. The afternoon was based around table groups in the hall with games (like bingo, creative tower building and trivia), and there was story telling, discussion, prayer and craft; and compete with other table groups, re-connect with friends and consider what a strange & wonderful world we live in.
The Something New community gathered on All Hallows Day (November 1st) to remember the faithful departed and that God’s love is stronger than death! The afternoon involved Halloween games – mummy racing, pumpkin patch pop and feed the monster – creative Storytelling, lighting candles as we remember those who have died, craft and discussion on the big themes of life, death and the renewal of all things. We spent time looking at some of the Apostle John’s visions from Revelation chapters 7 and 21.
On Sunday 29th November (the first Sunday of Advent) we began the Christmas season and celebrated the amazing coming of Jesus into the world with carols, craft, guessing competitions, Christmas present making, poetry & prayer.
You can see the summary of our gathering in 2019 here.