Holy cross

Cheerful noise in St Andrews with Holy Cross

March 7, 2022

After a delay due to Covid-19, September 2021 finally saw the launch of a new and exciting Under 5 group at St Andrews Church, Basildon.

Joyful Noise provides families with a safe space for free, where children can play and adults can mingle, build relationships, meet new people and make friends.

The sessions begin with free play, using everyday objects. The snack bar with hot drinks and snacks for breakfast offers the reluctant the opportunity to try new things.

Everyone gets involved in “tidy up time” before sitting down for worship with Reverend Ted (the prayer bear) through stories, songs and talking to Jesus, using the bag and the interactive prayer board – ending with a strong AMEN!

Nikki Firth, from the Children and Families team at St Andrew’s, says:

“Fridays are quickly becoming my favorite day of the week, Jesus is doing a new thing and it’s so exciting to participate and be a part of what he does here.

Prayer is at the heart of our action. The team meets at the beginning and end of each session to pray for families and each other. It has been such a privilege when families have spoken to us about the challenges they face or have asked us to pray for them.

“Almost every week one of the adults asks me a question about faith or tells me he wants to go to church but can’t. It makes my heart happy to see their faces when I tell them Joyful Noise is the church, it just looks different than what they would expect.