Webteam: October 2019
South Warwickshire Circuit
"Church Without Walls" is child's play in Leamington
Dale Street Church took up the call to be "Church Without Walls" by taking the Gospel out to the local park in a "Summer of Play".
With council permission, a team of volunteers led by Children and Families Missioner, Michael Sharman, ran a play and crafts area next to the playground in Victoria Park two mornings a week for five weeks. Families were also invited to a free lunch at the church.
Over the ten sessions 865 children and their parents took part, some responding to advertising on Facebook (which had engaged 24,000 people).
Michael said: "This was the start of an exciting new period of outreach to our local community. All families accessing the play provision were handed a leaflet outlining our autumn term programme of activities, including a new Saturday afternoon group called "Take 2", which promises to do church differently through art, craft, play and of course — food!
"We wait to see the results of this, but we have certainly succeeded in putting ourselves firmly on the map with many families, and shown the love of God in a real and practical way."
For more information on Activities at Dale Street Methodist Church, visit their website
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