Xplorers’ Jubilee 3rd June

Xplorers’ Report Sunday 3rd. June2012

The Xplorers welcomed Walter and Heather Ritchie, who came to join in the activities and help lead the Prayz Time, Ken being away on holiday.

Latecomers who had been involved in the Jubilee celebrations at the Village Hall took the number up to 11within the three busy groups.

The theme of the afternoon was God’s care for his people and Jesus’ love for us. The youngest group achieved this by learning about the crossing of the Red Sea and made a brilliant collage which now hangs at the back of the church, as you can see.

The two older groups began their exploration of the first Passover by making unleavened bread,[which was baked and delivered later in the evening.] We then examined the items which make up a Passover meal and talked about their symbolism, all of which were either smelled or tasted!! Hieroglyphic symbols were used to spell out 2 messages of reassurance to us. The senior group’s message can be seen below.

A plague of frogs

Xplorers – Sunday 6 May

Xplorers – Sunday 6th May

After wondering if families would be away for the May holiday weekend it was a happy surprise to find that this was one of the busiest Xplorers gatherings in Kilmelford Church.

Continuing Moses’ story we selected some more aspects to deal with in detail. The youngest group created some of the plagues and enjoyed making play doh frogs and   gruesome looking boils and spots and duly bandaged the very lifelike boils they had created on their arms and legs.

The older groups were also creative in making their versions of burning bushes – as badges to take home. The balcony group then designed and made a pulpit fall using fiery coloured crepe paper, which is now on the new pin board at the back of the church. Both these groups made origami jumping frogs, which needed only a gentle touch to make them hop. These were then raced enthusiastically though too hard a push resulted in leaps off the race track!

It was encouraging to hear positive and accurate responses to Ken’s questions during the Prayz Time. There was an enthusiastic buzz throughout the entire session, including the song “Mary don’t you weep”.

An action packed and fun afternoon for the children – and leaders!

Burning bush badges
A plague of frogs
Prayz time
Pulpit fall

Xplorers on Palm Sunday

The Xplorers

The Xplorers met in Kilmelford Church on Sunday April 1st when our theme was Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. As quite a few people were on holiday we re-organised ourselves into two groups. Before we divided into different activity groups we all, and I mean all, drew round our feet, cut the shapes out and decorated them, adding appropriate words, before gluing our footprints on to a long piece of paper complete with palm leaves and “cloaks”.  One group made some cards after the story telling and the others made a mobile to represent Easter.

Ken lead our Prayz time and during the telling of the Palm Sunday events we even heard the donkey’s hooves clip clopping along the road. Kilmelford Ukuleles were joined by a young peoples’ percussion section in a very spirited rendering of “Hosanna to the King”.  [Thank you Olwen and Neil for your vocal support]

On Good Friday afternoon a number of children and adults met to decorate the  church, to make cards, have some refreshments and listen to a story. There were many comments about how good the church looked on Easter morning.  Thank you, children.

Our next meeting is on May 6th and we are beginning to plan our summer “picnic”. We will circulate details as soon as we know them.

Xplorers 12 February 2012

The group leaders reluctantly made a last minute decision to postpone the Xplorers on Sunday 3rd. February to the following weekend as the incoming power line to the church suddenly fused and there was no heating or lighting.
Scottish and Southern quickly mended the fault but this did not give sufficient time to get the church warm enough.
This was a disappointment as some families were away for  the half-term weekend when Xplorers was rearranged on 12th February. The positive side being that three children visiting their grandmother’s house joined us and enjoyed the activities and Prayz Time.
Xplorers continued Joseph’s adventures and his given gift of being able to interpret his and other people’s dreams. We followed him to the end of his story when he was happily reunited with his brothers and father who joined him in Egypt. The puppets on sticks, made by the young people, depicting Joseph, the King, brothers, other characters and the cows! were happily presented from behind a screen as the accompaniment to Ken telling the story.
Our thanks go to the Mums for stepping in and helping with the activities and handing out teas, juice and cakes and to the Ukelele Band for the music.

Christingle with Xplorers at Kilmelford

Kilmelford Xplorers Report

28 Christingles!  What a wonderful sight to see them with their candles alight and covering the communion table in Kilmelford Church on the 4th December, the second Sunday in Advent.

Gift boxes and colourful greetings cards were also made adding to the younger group’s activities and the festive appearance of the church.

Peace on earth was discussed by the older group with Ken using their ideas in his prayers at the Prayz Time Service.

At 5 0’clock we were joined by friends from the village, Kilbrandon and Craignish – everyone lending good voices to the Christingle hymn, and to the carol, Still the Night. All to the accompaniment of the Ukulele Band.

Ken’s telling of the Christmas story required responses from everyone and this highlighted the joy in sharing this special service.

The Xplorers next meet on the 5th. February 2012

Xplorers in Action

Joseph, his coat of many colours, his dreams and his being sold to the traders going to Egypt was the story told at this session.

The activities and crafts helped to stimulate discussion and enliven the Prayz service.

Fine coloured coats were created, dream collages and beards for the brothers made, gifts of coins and “brass rubbed medallions” produced which involved everyone and kept us very busy.

Walter and Heather Ritchie joined us in the activity groups and then acted as Jacob and reporter at the service.  The children’s response to their involvement was lively and interactive.  The Kilmelford Ukulele Band joined us again and the song was “Any Dream Will Do”.   Thankyou Peter and band.

Walter was our interim moderator before Ken came as our minister. It was with his support and blessing that the initial idea of exploring Christianity with the young people in the parish began to grow.

Kilninver & Kilmelford Xplorers – October

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Our adult supporters were greeted by the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread as they arrived to join us at 4:45 on the 2nd. of October.

We had been celebrating harvest by exploring the story of Ruth and as part of our activities had ground some wheat and made various shapes from dough which Hester had very kindly baked for us; hence the wonderful smell. The youngest group made another colourful frieze, sowing fields with pulses and other materials, which they had glued onto paper for their harvest crops. The middle group drew their hand prints onto coloured card and after talking about the story of Ruth wrote some of  their ideas onto the prints which were hung on a large branch at the front of the church. The senior group made “leaves” to write their thoughts on and added them to the tree. It was a very hectic but happy afternoon and the refreshments were very welcome.

Peter and a number of the Ukulele band joined for refreshments the Prayz Time and again led us in a rousing rendition of our “hymn”. The Xplorers would like to thank all those who help during the activities, those who donate materials and last but not least all who come and support us by their presence; we would love more of you to join us at 4:45 to see what the young people get up to and to share our tea and buns.

The two friezes were taken to the Hall for display at the Parish Lunch to show more friends what kind of things the group does.

Xplorers – Noah: adventurer

Jenny writes:


Sunday 4th.September saw the Kilmelford Xplorers set out on the first of a series of “Biblical Journeys” or “Adventures”. Noah was our first Adventurer and each of the 3 groups looked at different aspects of the story. The middle group’s task was to construct a ship to take Noah, his family and other creatures to safety. The younger children had to get the animals etc ready to go on the journey. The work of the these 2 groups was brought together in a frieze; however the older group were being very mysterious!

At 4:45 sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, juice and tea and coffee were served to the Xplorers, family members and friends.

The Prayz time led by Ken then followed and as he told the story of Noah the frieze was revealed as was the secret of the older group’s contribution. They were hiding in the balcony from where they supplied appropriate and dramatic sound effects to accompany the story telling. Peter Salmond, playing the banjo, led us in a rousing rendition of “Hosanna to the King of Kings”, shaking the dust from the light fittings, before our Prayz time closed with prayer.

We owe thanks to all our helpers, providers of food, to Peter for the excellent music and to Ken for drawing all our efforts together.

Our next journey is on Sunday October 2nd. at 4 p.m. prompt when we will be accompanying Ruth and Naomi as we also celebrate Harvest.

Xplorers June

Jenny Moody writes,

“The Xplorers Group met in Kilmelford Church on Sunday June 5th, when we celebrated Pentecost (a week early). Our theme was “A Special Birthday”. Following the welcome and introduction outlining the Birthday shared by all Christians we divided into 2 groups. The younger group made cards and play doh cakes; the older group talked about how the disciples must have felt and how the church grew. They then decorated cakes [kindly made by Isabel], blew up balloons and set up a table for our Christian birthday tea. The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Our older visitors were invited to the party and after 2 of the girls read from Acts 2, well done girls, the cake candles were lit, “Happy Birthday to all Christians” was sung. Party hats were put on and everyone was given a bun/s or piece of cake. Our Prayz celebration was completed by Georgina leading us in a quiet time of thanksgiving.

We next meet on Saturday June 25th. 2pm, when everyone is invited to our picnic at Barnacarry Beach, if fine, and Kilmelford Village Hall if not. Please bring your own picnics. If your family is coming can you please give Georgina, 01866 844 212 or Jenny, 01852 200 222, a contact number to enable us to confirm the venue if the weather is doubtful. We hope to do this by 11:30am on the 25th. If you do not hear from us head to the beach! Any queries e.g. how to get there, parking, car sharing, lifts etc please contact us.”