Friday 31 July 2009

Showstoppers Day Five

The Drama Crew were brilliant today

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Lynda's wig today was actually dark blue!




Rather scary!!

We also had Stevie Starmaker, and a Radio Announcer in the cast today








Where did he get tat amazing suit?










Paul and David did a great job on the technical side of things


And PC Carl checked in to see how we were doing





Today's Craft was making Rainbow Scratch Mobiles, with an Easter/Resurrection theme.





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DSCF0171 Staff and children have worked hard at the worksheets and the Bible Memory Verses



Yesterday's verse was from Matthew 1:23  - He will be called ‘Immanuel’ which means ‘God is with us’

One little girl came and found me and said "I'd like to say the verse from the front, but I keep having trouble with the 'I' word"

I think there is definitely a sermon illustration in that!

At the end we assembled for a staff photo


Taken by Jan, our Official Photographer for the week - her pictures are heaps better than mine, and every day she has put a huge display of fresh pictures up for the children and parents to look at.

[Numbers were down a bit today- it is the weekend and some children are off on holiday]

After the session, we took all the group names etc upstairs, ready for Sunday's Closing Service



Then we cleared everything up and sat round for a meal together - pizzas, hot dogs and cake. Somebody appears to have removed the two church can openers- but fortunately the Pastor has a trusty [if possibly very dangerous] Leatherman tool on hand to open cans...


Everybody mucked in to do the clearing up and cleaning up - and then we all went home [and some of us fell asleep!]


Just the Family Service and then we can ring down the curtain on Holiday Bible Club for another year!

Totally Confused

image It has been a long and busy week [but a very  happy and productive one]

Now I am home and struggling with a Blog Query - can anybody out there please help on this one?

I read the various funny, thoughtful and kind comments recently sent to my blog, and published them. Including one from H in which [I think] antennae [or it might have been aerials, I am half asleep!] were mentioned, and there was a hyperlink attached.

HOWEVER I cannot now find which blogpost that comment referred to, and I cannot therefore follow H's link. I have checked back my last few blogposts and still cannot track down the comment.

  • Does anyone know- is there a quick way to search for blog comments?
  • If you are H, would you comment again please ? - just in case I inadvertently deleted your kind remarks instead of posting them.Then I can follow up your link properly.
  • If anyone else has noticed this comment somewhere on my blog, perhaps you could comment and tell me where it is!

Thursday 30 July 2009

Showstoppers Day Four

Dress Up Day




Bert The Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins

We had two children dressed as MP

One excellent Phantom of The Opera


Two or three boys came as Oliver, and one group leader was a Very Sinister Fagin!


Lots of cheerleaders from High school Musical and many many Cats

A couple of girls in black stockings and heels for Chicago

Two Dorothys from Oz

A number of gangster types and a Pink Lady from Grease

I can't publish pictures of the children though


At the end of the session, staff put together some phenomenal displays of craft work ready for the Open Evening and Barbecue





Thought that was a good sign above Kara's Display




















Don't you just love these Wise Men, nodding their little Bobble-Heads!!






After the morning session, Bob and I had lunch with Debbie in her lovely new flat. The heavens opened and we had a phenomenal hailstorm.

Here's a picture of the rain beating down on her french doors, and you can just make out the hailstones on her 'Juliet Balcony' They are the white specks on the sandy yellow bricks.


And yet - by this evening, the sky was blue and the weather was lovely and around 200 people came along to the BBQ. It was amazingly good. The kids sang their hearts out, the parents were well impressed- and the staff team worked their socks off to provide a great evening for everyone.

I was so busy all night I never took any more pictures.

Here are some more of the displays I photographed earlier...







A lot of hard work has gone into all this...

Nearly the end of the week [hallelujah!]

More Madness at The Manse

blues brothers Here's Elwood [Dan Ackroyd] from the Blues Brothers. He is the one on the left of the picture, the taller, slimmer one, who is very cool and likes good music.

And here is Donna Sheridan [Meryl Streep] in Mamma Mia.

streep MMShe is the middle aged woman, who is independent, slightly crazy and mother of stunningly beautiful daughter.



And Thursday is Dress Up Day at Holiday Bible Club




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...and one slightly crazy middle-aged mother





[NB I have two gorgeous daughters. I also think I shall never last the day in this wig. It is incredibly itchy!!]

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Showstoppers Day Three

It is continuing to throw it down with rain - but the children come back, bright and full of enthusiasm each morning [I guess many of the Mums are glad that we are keeping them occupied while it is too wet for them to play outside!]

More prayer stones from yesterday - the youngest group made little boxes to store them in...



They had also made rainbow pictures

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We bounced around and did aerobics


And Bob dressed up for the drama [that's a fake shirt front - the collar just velcros at the back of his neck!]

DSCF0102 Our Bible story today was Daniel in the Lions' Den, and we made lion masks, using templates from Baker Ross.

I am always impressed by the way the different groups interpret the craft activities, and using the same basic materials produce such diverse, but brilliant results.

"Oliver" group shredded their tissue paper, "Cats" made paper curls, "Oklahoma"realised that when they pushed out the eye-holes, they could use the resulting pieces of card to make ears...






The orange tissue in the bowl does look a bit like carrot salad!



















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Here is a mask in its early stages



Sometimes small hands need a bit of help...





Staff work hard to put up the displays after each session




Each day, the children bring their "Backstage Pass" and get it stamped.

We've got over 200 signed up for tomorrow night's barbecue.

The musicians have worked hard. This morning Lynda was in her third wig!

She has been pink, then blonde, and today was in a black "Snow White" bob


I am not saying that I am feeling exhausted - but I did sleep for two hours this afternoon!