Pirates event by Runcorn Church August 2013


undefinedSightings of pirates were reported in Runcorn during the week before August bank holiday. And the reason was �.for a second year St Andrew's church, Festival Way, hosted a children's holiday club. This time there was a pirate theme, entitled 'Landlubbers'.

Assistance was offered by members of two other churches – Brook Chapel, an independent evangelical church in Boston Avenue, and St Nicholas’s Church in Burton, south Wirral. Equally important was the input from pupils of The Grange and Heath secondary schools and from St Chad’s – the joint church high school where the vicar of St Andrew’s, the Revd Wullie Docherty, is the ordained chaplain.

The holiday club offered the opportunity for St Chad’s  to express itself as a joint church community as pupils from a variety of church backgrounds and none made important contributions to the event – especially in the sketches used to illustrate the teaching points for the children.

St Chad’s pupils Sean Pendleton, year 11, Vanya Barzilova and Demi Denbraber, both year 10, pictured above, were instrumental in this, demonstrating as they did, a fine talent for comedy!

The five-day event concluded with a guest service on the Sunday morning followed by a barbeque in the vicarage garden.

Up to 40 children came each day, hosted by a team of twenty, to create, sing and learn more about how St Paul went from being a bad guy to being a follower of Jesus.

Though the experience was exhausting, thinking has already begun among the organisers for next year’s event which, it is hoped, will capitalise on the town-wide mission ‘Life: Runcorn’ which will be led by the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair on the five Sundays of March, each evening in the Heath Business Park.