We finished our second year of Bubblegum 'n' Fluff today with our seventh morning with Primary 6 children. As I have written before it has been a very positive experience as it was last year.
It has been gratifying for us as a chaplaincy team to also hear that the work we put into the creating the material and then providing it as a resource pack for others to use has been working in other areas. We received an email giving us feedback from Airdrie that the programme has worked just as succesfully there as it has been working in Hamilton and Blantyre.
Of course that means I really need to get my finger out once the Christmas rush is past and finish creating The Easter Code resource materials so that churches who would like to can use those next year... there is always something else pressing... [There's more...]
After each morning before we clear up we always have a look at some of the candle prayers that the children write at the end of their time with us (these candle wreaths are taken back to the school later). Today there were some messages that truly brought a tear to the eye as in a few words you get a glimpse into the heartfelt desires of some of the children.
Over the course of the last two weeks there has been an incredible range of messages from concerns about jobs during the credit crunch to bullying in school, from prayers for parental harmony to prayers for family members who are unwell, from prayers for an end to war to prayers seeking that we look after our world. It is humbling to be able to help the children to express these thoughts themselves and to see what is preying on their minds.
Please pray for all the children whom we have made contact with through Bubblegum 'n' Fluff over these last two weeks - they are precious and deserve our prayerful support.
As ever, working with my friends and colleagues has been a wonderful experience. We are now thinking that some particular event next year for the S1 year group in Calderside Academy is to be our focus for 2010. More on that after we meet up in the new year...