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Written by Peter Johnston   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 19:53

The Nutty Professor

My friends and colleagues in Calderside Learning Community Chaplaincy Team have completed the second day of Bubblegum 'n' Fluff held in Hillhouse Parish Church with Townhill Primary P6 students. Yesterday we were in High Blantyre Baptist Church with pupils from High Blantyre Primary.

Although we had met to run through the basics of the programme again, bearing in mind we ran it 7 times last Christmas, we thought it would be pretty seamless, but surprisingly we did have a few glitches on our first day. Today, however, we were fully back up to speed and the morning went very smoothly with excellent contributions from the children and super feedback from the staff. [There's more...]

In case you are wondering, Bubblegum 'n' Fluff is a programme the chaplaincy team devised with Jen Robertson last Christmas to introduce the themes of the Christmas story and the idea of God's incarnation in a way suitable to engage Primary 6 children.

We resumed our roles in the programme with David Burt becoming quiz show host, Karen Harbison leading us in the creative sections, Steve Younger keeping us all rapt as story-teller par excellence and with Fiona Wilson taking on a new role in her first year with the programme leading the spontaneous drama.

Fiona enlisting the help of pupils to set the scene for the birth of Jesus

I resumed my part as the Nutty Professor with a vast array of tests to apply to presents, though I did this year eschew the multi-coloured wig and ill-fitting boiler suit for a beautiful multi-coloured lab-coat decorated by some of the young folks from Juice last month!

At the end of the programme we ask the children to reflect on all they have learnt about Jesus and the hope of Christmas and to express their hopes and dreams for this Christmas. Reading what the pupils have written on these candles as their own prayers for this Christmas is always poignant. We encourage them to think more deeply than their Christmas wish list, and some of the responses bring a lump to the throat. From expressions of concern for world events like "ending terrorism" to "caring for our planet" to such personal comments as "hope that I can get on with my new stepdad" or "that I can see my dad more often". One of the ones that I was particularly struck by today said, "for people to stop thinking I'm a coward when I'm just being kind."

Christmas hopes

We have five more days of Bubblegum 'n' Fluff to come. On Monday morning, 7 December, we will be in St Andrew's Church Hall with children from Auchinraith Primary. If you would like to experience this and to help out as a church volunteer on that morning, please do get in touch with me.

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