For a while now, Stars and Tetra have been struggling with numbers. We've tried various methods to encourage more people to come along but so far, nothing seems to have worked. With this being the case, we feel the time has come to put Stars and Tetra on hold and come back with something new and fresh in September. As such, this Friday (the 18th May) will be the last Stars and Tetra. This hasn't been an easy decision to make, and it's a last resort, but it's our belief that this is the best way forward.
We know this might be upsetting for the children that do come. We really value and appreciate their (and your's) support of Stars and Tetra and we hate to dissappoint them, but we also want to stress that this isn't the end. We will be back in September and you will be the first to know what exciting new things are happening.
In the meantime, we hope to run one-off events like a movie night or a games night, in June and July, and a summer holiday club is also currently in the works; we will be in touch about all of these things in due course.
So, thanks again for all you've done to support Stars and Tetra over the years and we hope you'll join us in looking forward to what this next chapter will bring.
The festive period is over for another year, the mince pies have been replaced by chocolate eggs in the supermarkets and Wave Kids is back up and running, fresh and ready for more.
Looking to the year ahead, there's lots of exciting things on the horizon, such as the Go Wild camp (http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/ScriptureUnionHolidays/RegionalHolidays/SouthWest/GoWild/3622557.id) in May and the holiday club that we're hoping to run in August. Both of these are in the early stages of planning and preparation and your prayers for them would be very much appreciated.
Also, the interns will have some big decisions to make over the next few months as they think about whether or not to continue with their training, and if they do, whether Swanage and and with Wave Kids is where God wants them to be. I too, have got some decisions to make. In August, I'll be in the final year of my contract (I know, it's come round so quickly!), and the Trustees will need to decide whether or not they want to keep me.
On top of all this, there are the usual weekly groups and activities that we're involved with, and we want these to stay fresh and be the best they can be, and we want the children we work with to feel loved, supported and grow closer to God.
2018 has a lot in store for us and we can't wait to see what God's going to do! Thank you for your continued support and prayers, they (and you) are invaluable to God's plans.
I'm now into my second year as CML with the Wave Youth and Children's Ministry. My first year was a steep learning curve, with highs and lows, success and mistakes; in fact, accepting my mistakes and learning from them was one of the hardest lessons to learn.
Three shiny-new interns have arrived and we've spent the past couple of weeks getting to know each other, and they've had the unenviable task of being paraded around like prize marrows at a country fair, and been on the receiving end of an overwhelming amount of names, faces and information regarding the running of Wave Kids.
Bethany, Kyle and Jemma are going to be amazing, and to say I'm excited about working with them is an understatment! However, they too will make mistakes; we all do. It's in how we respond to our failures that shows who we truely are. For most of us, there is a massive instinct to run and hide, when we mess up. It takes a great deal of strength to admit to our mistakes, to learn from them, and not beat ourselves up, but to move on.
If you are the praying sort, then please pray for us, that this coming academic year, God will use our failures to mould us and shape us into the people He wants us to be. What we are trying to acheive with Wave Kids is pointless if it's not God who's leading us- and with Him, there is always another chance, always a new begining.
A couple of weeks ago, we launched our new after-school club Activate, for children in school years 4-5. This group would be centered around activity, having fun and talking about God. The first lot of sessions were going to be based on the Scripture Union game 'Guardians of Ancora', the plan being that the kids would play the game for a bit and then we'd talk about the mission they just completed, as each mission in the game is about retrieving lost Bible stories.
On that first day, we had three kids come, three kids…from yr 6. Although these guys weren’t in our target group, we weren’t about to kick these guys out; if their parents were happy for them to be there (which they were) then so were we. So we pressed on.
The first few minutes went to plan, we introduced them to the concept of the game and got the tablets out. It was at this point that we learned that the game hadn’t been downloaded (as I thought it was going to be). We attempted to download the game there and then, but it was installing so slowly that we had no choice but to wing-it.
In the end, we had to pass the time by playing as many games as we could think of, with intermittent drinks breaks. Yet, despite having to improvise almost the entire session, the kids who came had fun and were eager to come again the following week.
Which they did. The second session saw another child join us (also from yr 6), and the certainty that the games must have downloaded by now! Sure enough, the game had downloaded, but when it came to point of the session where the kids had to play it, we came to an unexpected hurdle…THE LOADING SCREEN! The little wheel that showed the game was loading span round and round infinitely. Once again, we were faced with having to improvise the entire session, and again, despite it all, the kids seemed to have fun; and we even got to share with them why we (the leaders) believe in God.
All of this showed me that we can have all these amazing plans, but sometimes God has different plans, and if we’re not willing to change our plans so that God can do what He wants to do, then we really need to re-evaluate our motives.
I’m here in Swanage, not to start anything new; God was here before me and He’ll be here after. I’m just joining in with what he’s already got going on.
Happy New Year!
OK, I know it was three weeks ago, but the year is still new and hopefully it's been a happy one so far.
I've been here for 5 months now, and having settled in and got my feet firmly under the desk, my eyes are wondering to the horizon and pondering what lays ahead for Wave Kids: Who do we want to be? What do we want to achieve? I often find these kinds of questions daunting, because it's impossible tell if you'll ever reach your goals.
The fear of failing can all too easily hold us back and stop us fulfilling our potential. But if we don't take risks, then all we'll ever achieve is mediocrity; and I don't believe we were made to be mediocre.
God has great things planned for the Wave and the more my eyes are opened to what those things are, the more excited I get. Scary, exciting, crazy times lay ahead for the Wave. I don't know everything that's going to happen, but this space is well worth watching!
It’s almost 2 months to the day that I arrived in Swanage to start my new job as the Children’s Ministry Leader at The Wave. Over the past 8 weeks, 62 days and 1488 hours I have met many, many, people, tried and often failed to remember names and faces, and gotten used to this new land that I now call home.