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.