I Am Banners

In St John's Church we have been treated to a wonderful display of "I Am" banners, made by Sue Horsington. These will be going on tour in a while, so make sure you come in to look at them soon. Here are a few pictures of some of them, to whet your appetite.

I am the vine "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me" John 15 (NIV)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 I am the light
I am the gate "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly". John 10:1-11
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 I am the resurrection

The Big Tent

The Big Tent was back in Wellington Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th August. The 3-day holiday club run by Wellington's churches for Primary School aged children took place take in a large marquee on the sports field of Wellesley Park Primary School. This year's theme was 'Space Academy' and 95 children joined the Starship Crew each day as they travelled through space to share the "Goodness, kindness, generosity, honesty and mercy of Mission Command".

Each day ran from 10am until 3pm with an action-packed programme of games, competitions, songs, videos, craft activities and Bible stories; using the 30 metre Big Tent and the excellent outdoor space at Wellesley Park to the full. The programme was run by a team of over 20 volunteers from local churches led by Church of England youth worker Andy Levett, who was joined on stage by Court Fields students Isaac Jones, Micaela Sellick and Andrew Power with 'DJ' Dan Thorne in control of the audio/visuals. New to The Big Tent this year was the 'Tea Tent' open on site each day after drop off and before pick up for parents and younger siblings to enjoy a drink and a cake with space to chat and toys to play with. This popular addition to the event was hosted by Team Missioner Selina Garner and an enthusiastic band of helpers.

Revd Sam Griffiths, Pastor of Wellington Baptist Church and Big Tent Coordinator said: "I'd like to give a massive thanks to our superb team of volunteers who gave one hundred percent and were simply the best. And a special thanks to our upfront team led by Andy Levett. We had the largest number of children we've had in recent years and their enthusiasm and energy just made for a very special year. And a big thanks to the churches of Wellington who supported, gave and prayed, and to the community of Wellington, to Wellesley Park Primary School for hosting us, and to Wellington Town Council for giving us a grant to help make this happen."

Revd Selina added: "Thanks to the first ever Tiny Tea Tent team for putting up the tea tent, making cakes, listening, praying, laughing lots, making great coffee and washing up... Thanks to the Toy library for the toddler toys and to all the new babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents, teenagers and carers who stopped for a cuppa and a chat during this year's Big Tent." Highlights of this year's event can be found on The Big Tent Wellington Youtube channel.