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Family Fun Afternoon – Emersons Green

By Sara Neasham
After weeks of planning the Village Church volunteers woke to a glorious sunny Saturday morning in Emersons Green.  This was in stark contrast to the wind, rain and hail that we had been watching the day before, all praying that God was going to move that warm front in just as the weathermen were predicting. Thankfully the two marquees put up on Thursday had withstood the winds and we were ready for set up and sunshine!
Volunteers started arriving at Vinney Farm from 11:30am and were hard at work, setting up refreshments and crafts, building the puppet stage and sound system, setting out the paints and glitter, testing out the bungee run (some tested it a bit too much and split their trousers), decorating marquees and sampling the sweets for ‘beat the goalie’.
At 2pm our first trickle of guests arrived and quickly got stuck into all that the church had to offer, ‘beat the goalie’ with Dave Akrill and his death defying saves, wrestling in the Sumo Suits, back flips on the bouncy castle and competitive challenges on the bungee run. In the craft tent activities were equally as busy with everyone making yellow Easter chicks, Easter pen toppers and decorating biscuits. Alongside, the Reid family were busy painting faces and as a result, an array of children ended up decorated as butterflies, super heroes, pirates and rainbows.  The spiders, cupcakes, sea creatures and Easter chicks were also popular on the glitter tattoo stall. Finally, the refreshments marquee were doing a cracking job of serving tea, coffee, squash and cake to the masses. In fact we think over two hundred people attended!
At 3:40pm the puppets kicked off with their first song, the kids loved the dancing chickens. I came out of the craft tent and was staggered by the number of children watching the show, at least 70 relishing every minute of it.  In between songs, Jonny told some rather ‘dad like’ jokes and got the kids up to the front to try and jump between the cushion chasm. The puppets kicked off again with their version of the Michael Jackson hit ‘Thriller’ now to be forever known as “Easter”.  This was a great finale loved by the kids and adults alike, the chorus ending with ‘Risen, Saviour, Divine’, a great reminder before Jonny’s talk.  Jonny spoke about the chasm that we have between God, and us but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross He will carry those who trust in Him across that chasm.  What a great Gospel message we all heard and a great reminder of what Easter is all about ‘Risen, Saviour, Divine’.
Afternoon activities kicked back off again and were in full swing for another hour with lots of wonderful opportunities to chat and get alongside friends, family and neighbours.
Please pray for friends, family and neighbours that came along to the event, pray that the Holy Spirit would work in their hearts and bring many in Emersons and it’s neighbouring communities to a faith in Jesus Christ.

Jonny Herring

Jonny is serving as Assistant Minister at The Village congregation. He is married to Charlotte and they have a daughter called Amelia. As well as spending time with his family, Jonny enjoys playing squash and dabbling in photography.