OPEN THE BOOK: This is an exciting new project involving Hellingly and Upper Dicker Churches and two local schools. A group from Hellingly and Upper Dicker churches were invited to present bible stories in the form of a play to the children at Hellingly School and Park Mead School, during an assembly. They did their first performances just after the Easter holidays and it was a very special experience. The story played out was called The Beautiful Gate and was taken from Acts ch 3 v’s 1-10. It is a very short story involving Peter and John on their way to Jerusalem. On this occasion six people took part in the play, some with small speaking parts and others representing the beautiful gate. There is also a narrator who reads the bible story and the closing notes from a set script. Apart from the narrator all were in costumes of some sort and that was actually good fun and really got the children’s attention. Most importantly they also involved the children. For this story there were six children helping with the acting and the rest of the school were asked to make faces and noises at certain times. ‘It was amazing how the children were completely absorbed with what was happening.’ Said Jacky, ‘We could see how much they enjoyed it and how much they all got involved.’ The group was well received by the staff in both schools and after this first visit had very positive feedback. They hope to be able to do two performances a term. Currently they are a group of nine volunteers but would welcome more people to join them, so if you feel tempted please have a word with David Farey, Vicar at Hellingly and Upper Dicker churches email- vicar. firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01323 440450, mobile 07512 370221 or Jacky Clark and they will explain a bit more about how it works. This is a great project to be involved in, so do give it some thought.
CHURCH CHOIR: In April Hellingly Church Choir travelled to Chichester Cathedral to sing at the Royal School of Church Music, Sussex Area Choirs Festival. They arrived in Chichester in time for coffee. After lots of chatting and hearing about Sandra and Chris’s holiday they had lunch. There was a tiny bit of shopping time before rehearsing at the Cathedral in the afternoon. The music was called Reform and Renewal and sung at Evensong. There were well over 200 choristers and it was a most uplifting experience. After tea they sang Evensong. After a great day out they went out for dinner at the Côte restaurant. The event is open to all so next year they will invite people to come along and join in with the congregation.
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