Building community in the playground

Back to school Weeks and weeks of preparation and finally you’re ready. The school uniform is on, photos are taken and nerves are calmed. Before you know you’re walking a route that will become like second nature. Soon you’ll know to the minute when you have to leave and who you’ll see on this dailyContinue reading “Building community in the playground”

Try Prayer – a new initiative for our community

This is a new initiative that we’ve set up in our community to invite our friends to try prayer. “When you pray, say: Father…” Luke 11:2 When thinking about prayer, what words come to your mind? Something detached, a thing to do or something you feel guilty about? We so easily forget that prayer isContinue reading “Try Prayer – a new initiative for our community”

Give a doorstep gift this Easter

A letterbox gift does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a gift that can be posted through the letterbox. It’s a convenient way to send a present to someone and they don’t have to worry about being at home to receive it. During lockdown, letterbox presents have become hugely popular. These giftsContinue reading “Give a doorstep gift this Easter”

How to run a Zoom school disco

The Half term holiday is fast approaching. Reflecting over the last few weeks, I am so grateful for our school and all that the teachers are doing. But like everyone else I’m exhausted at the prospect of another 5 weeks of lockdown life. We always mark the end of term with a huge cake sale,Continue reading “How to run a Zoom school disco”

A brief history of the Kingfisher Swimmers – how to set up an outdoor swimming club in a pandemic

This Kingfisher wasn’t certain of the definition of ‘infographic’. That is until I met Joanna for the first time, on a chilly November morning when we met for our ‘paired’ socially distant swim during Lockdown #2 and we enquired about each other’s professions. The story doesn’t start here though. As Joanna’s beautifully simple and informativeContinue reading “A brief history of the Kingfisher Swimmers – how to set up an outdoor swimming club in a pandemic”

Find #Christmas this December

2020 has been a hard year, but I believe there is hope and no better time to discover that then now. Together with friends, I’m creating a map of #christmas2020 activity trails across the UK. This article explains a little bit about why this matters. “If there was ever a year that needed Christmas, thisContinue reading “Find #Christmas this December”

Running a Nativity trail – Christmas in a pandemic

There are so many limitations at the moment, Christmas markets, Ice rinks and Santa Grottos are nowhere to be seen. The typical family Christmas dinner and carol services just won’t be happening. Its possible that you may not even get to see your family for the Christmas break. Right now Christmas cheer feels a bitContinue reading “Running a Nativity trail – Christmas in a pandemic”

Fire pit discussions

This guest post is written by Sarah Pickett, UCCF Staff Worker in Oxford & Buckinghamshire. This is part of a series of blogs looking at friendship at this time, read more here Why the rule of six maybe good for friendship. When I heard the news about the rule of six, my heart sank. IContinue reading “Fire pit discussions”

Letting the darkness point us to the light – why I’m running a Halloween trail this year

We live in an area that loves Halloween. Each year hundreds of kids get dressed up and walk around the street trick or treating. Families decorate their gardens and really embrace this event. Until this year we’ve done the complete opposite. We’ve closed our curtains, told our girls we don’t get involved and had anContinue reading “Letting the darkness point us to the light – why I’m running a Halloween trail this year”

Garden gatherings

Norwegians have a word, “koselig”, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets. Norwegians embrace long dark winters as something to celebrate. They see it as a season not just to endure butContinue reading “Garden gatherings”