Children's Advent Adventure

What a fabulous start to the festive season!  We welcomed 25 enthusiastic children and a dedicated team of equally keen volunteers into Dorset Gardens at the very beginning of Advent to have some awesome fun at our Advent Adventure.  There were word searches and some mindful colouring to get us all started and then we embarked on our ambitious craft projects.

Our four groups were named Hope, Peace, Love and Joy and we certainly had these in abundance throughout the day!  First up were four brilliant Advent candle wreaths that were truly 'hand-made' with handprints out of felt, foam, card and even paint handprints.  The candles were crafted from loo rolls and kitchen rolls (kindly donated by the congregation) and topped with some child-friendly felt frames.  They are now decorating the church.

Each child made their own paper chain Advent creation... snowmen and reindeer with 24 loops in each, counting down the days until Christmas Day.  The chains were taller than the children!

We had some fun with games: our Christmas shopping dash was a hectic race to get to the toys, and shovelling pompom snow with teaspoons was certainly a challenge.  Luckily we had seasonal satsumas, mince pies and gingerbread biscuits to give us plenty of energy.

Picnic lunch in the Sanctuary was a communal feast and, of course, we had time to sing some lovely Christmas carols as well as our song 'Baby Love Crashed In'.  The children sang beautifully, like a choir of spirited angels!

We fitted in a bit of cookery after lunch and created some funny melted snowmen biscuits.  The marshmallow heads had cheeky faces drawn on and there was some creative fondant icing work to make tiny little scarves, carrot noses and stick arms.

Thanks as ever to the team of volunteers who helped create the Christmas magic!

You can see all the photos here.

Liz Neale
Children's and Families Support Worker