'Amazed by Jesus' at the Kids' Big Day Out 2016

23.4.2016 | Congregational Life, Ministry, Youth & Children

What do you call it when 500 children and 200 leaders come together one Saturday in April? The answer: ‘Kids’ Big Day Out’.

Today sees children, leaders and volunteers from all over the Presbyterian Church in Ireland come together at Wellington Presbyterian in Ballymena.

The Kids’ Big Day Out is hugely popular – this being the ninth year it has taken place. For primary age children, today is especially for them to come together and learn more about God.

The desire is for the leaders who attend with the children to also learn and benefit from the day, and so each will be given a take home pack with follow-up material to use in the weeks after the event.

“We hope that each child who attends Kids’ Big Day Out will feel welcome and secure, and most of all that they will know that they are specially made and loved by God,” said Caroline Dyer, Acting Children’s Development Officer.

The theme for the day this year is ‘Amazed by Jesus’. The children will be invited to learn more about God’s special messenger by moving around the Church and getting involved in four different interactive zones, ably assisted by the Kids’ Crew volunteers.

“Children respond best when they are able to explore the stories we tell them for themselves, and so they will be learning about Jesus through games, prayer, music and craft.

“There aren’t many opportunities for children from across the denomination to come together for collective worship, and so we hope that there is a good atmosphere on the day, and that they will feel part of a wider church community. We pray that through the interactive zones they will be prompted and encouraged to think about the relationship they have with God, and make an appropriate response to what He is saying to them,” said Caroline.


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