Xplorers Report, 27th March 2022


A small but lively group met at Kilmelford Church on Sunday 27th March at 2:30 pm to hear the Easter Story.

We started with a Mother’s Day prayer using props taken out from an empty cereal box.

Rolling chocolate eggs on to a target proved much harder than looked, but one succeeded.   Stickers and coloured pens were used to create designs on card crosses and then laminated and a ribbon tied so to be able to hang them in a window.

We ended by all saying the Grace together and going home with a chocolate egg and Easter Story book kindly donated by Esther and Frank.

Kilmelford Hall has been booked for the next Xplorers on Sunday 24th April at 2:30 pm for a picnic, table crafts, games and songs.   Please bring your own picnic.    Juice cartons and snack bar will be provided.

Xplorers, 27th February



Jesus as our Friend was the theme for Xplorers on Sunday 27th February to follow on from the Christingle making in December.

The candle’s light representing Jesus as the Light of the World shows that through dark as well as happy times he is with us as our friend.

The joyful singing of “This Little Light of Mine” was accompanied by much stamping of feet and clapping of hands as sixteen children’s voices along with the grown ups made a merry song.

On the screen the descriptive story of Jesus being always with us held everyone’s attention.

The friendship game of a blindfolded partner being led by a friend round the obstacle course proved good fun and no-one got lost or fell into a trap.

In all the excitement the organisers failed to have someone with camera ready, so sadly no photos of this gathering.

Many thanks to Esther and Antoinette for all their preparation and input.

Cartons of juice and cereal bars were distributed and welcomed to give voices a boost for all to say the grace with its actions to close this happy event.

Next Xplorers:  Sunday 27th March 2:30 pm at Kilmelford Church – an Easter theme.

Kilmelford Church Carol Service, 19th December 2021

It was lovely to see so many people, young and not quite so young, at the Carol singing, lessons and gift service.

The number of bags of gifts highlighted the generosity of village and local friends.

I had been told by the Social Work department back in November that they could receive unwrapped gifts but when I took them in on the Monday morning I was informed, sadly due to new Covid regulations, that they were no longer allowed to access family homes and couldn’t take the gifts.

It was suggested that Hope Kitchen could, so I took the bags there where they were gratefully received and they much appreciated the wide variety of presents and ages they could give them to.

Warmest thanks to all who gave gifts and to those who took part in reading the lessons.

Won’t it be great when we can sing without masks again.

Happy Christmas!

Xplorers at Kilmelford Church, 5th December 2021

With encouragement and input from Mums with young families it was decided to rekindle our XPlorers group as it had paused due to Covid restrictions.

Esther Beaumont from Ardfern happily agreed to help lead the worship side if Antoinette Luckhoff and I sorted out crafts and refreshments etc.    Antoinette also took on the mantle of spreading the word through social media.    Esther, being good with technology, found an entertaining Nativity story told by Lego figures and also the words of the hymn Joy to the World which she put on the Church’s screen from her laptop.

Our message was Jesus is the Gift to us at Christmas.    Fourteen children, aged from 3 – 14 years, arrived at the church with some Mums and Dads.

The fun and companionship in the making of the Christingles was a great success.     A date was agreed to meet in the New Year to plan future XPlorers to be held on the second Sunday of each month, beginning 13th February.

After everyone left, the scent of oranges and echoes of childrens’ voices hung in the air.    Outside in the cool late afternoon sky a neat slice of new moon hung in the south west between Jupiter and Saturn above the Glenmore hills.

Thank you to one and all who made this such a happy event and for the inspiration to plan for the future.

Georgina Dalton

Xplorer Reports for February and March 2020

Xplorers 1st February 2020

Our gathering theme was messages and ways that could be used to spread the good news about Jesus in our lives.  The response was a lovely number of young parents coming quickly in the door of the church and avoiding the wind and rain showers.

The inspirational ideas from the children included semaphon flags, walkie talkies, two tins and a piece of string along with more modern methods of iphone, texts let alone word of mouth.

Families moving into the area met and made new friends and despite the slight chaos with the snack time we finished with a song, prayer and all saying the Grace together.


1st March 2020

Preparations for all eventualities is a learning centre.  We planned three stations with games as the theme this month was “playing games & Jesus”. The older children were very thoughtful about how Jesus would like them to react to their fellow players in the snakes and ladders game and very sure that the winner should share the prize, which she gladly did.

The fishing game kept the middle groups attention and it was good to hear much laughter in the church.

Sadly one or two children had colds and were off school with sick bugs.  The nine there and helping grown ups were in good voice for the song, tambourines bashed, a focus on player and the Grace to conclude the gathering.

Jesus calms the storm

There was a great turnout of the Kilbrandon congregation in the winter gales to enjoy and wonder about the Godly Play story “Jesus Calms the storm” complete with the sounds of the wind howling outside.