St. Peter’s was joined by churches up and down the country in holding a lighter alternative to Halloween. We had crafts, music, hot drinks and hot dogs. More than 250 people came through the doors, lots of excited people and positive conversations. Thanks to everyone who came or helped!

This year’s Summer Holiday Club ran for three days The theme was team building with the children discovering what it means to be on God’s team! We made all sorts of things including team scarves and T-shirts, biscuits and tennis rackets. We played balloon volleyball and parachute games along with stories and songs. Our Holiday Clubs are open to all primary school aged children from reception to year 6. Keep an eye on the  ‘Coming Up’ section on our home page or check our Facebook page for the next event.

Each year the village of Gildersome holds a Scarecrow Festival with contributions being made by members of the local community including St. Peter’s. This year our scarecrow exhibit was a seascape with Peter, James and John casting their net to catch fish. People could add their names to fish and throw them into the net! We also provided refreshments for festival goers and our band performed uplifting worship songs outside with people being encouraged to sing along. We also hosted the Funzi and Bodo Trust scarecrows celebrating the success of the new chicken farm which provides nutrition for poor children and helps to pay for medicines and education in Kenya.

Our Easter Holiday Club is an annual event that is open to all primary school aged children from reception to year 6. This year we ran for two days and our two themes were Palm Sunday and Jesus is Alive! Thanks to our leaders and helpers, who gave their time so generously, we had a brilliant range of games, crafts and stories including making some special “Palm Sundaes”!

Memory Lane was the first of what we hope to become a more regular event. It was an afternoon tea and social event aimed especially at older members of our community. We laid on some great music from the 1940’s and 50’s, teas, coffees and cakes. This was a really successful afternoon with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Future events will be advertised here and on our Facebook page. It would be great if people could spread the word to people who don’t have access to a computer.

Christingle is a celebratory event that takes place every Christmas in thousands of churches and schools across the country, raising funds that help The Children’s Society continue work supporting young people. It is one of our most popular events during the Christmas season and is enjoyed by many families from around the village and beyond. All of our actors are cast and rehearsed in the 2 hours before the service.

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing was this year’s installment of the annual fundraising extravaganza held at St. Peter’s in aid of the Funzi and Bodo trust. This year we raised an amazing £1,750 and showcased a whole range of talent from Gildersome and beyond. A brilliant time was had by all involved and we look forward to next year’s show.

The St. Peter’s sponsored ramble was a 3 ½ mile family ramble to raise money for Children in Need and The Movember Foundation. It was great fun for all involved and the walk finished at St. Peter’s where we were welcomed with a warming bowl of soup and hot drink followed by some tasty buns. A final total of £425 was raised , which will be split between the two charities.