KIDSGAMES were up and racing for the third time in St Bernard’s parish, Upper Mt Gravatt over the recent school holidays from September 25-27.
Youth worker Jaye Barros and other leaders decked out the parish centre with banners, bibles, band equipment and hi-tech digital displays for more than 40 children to enjoy.
“The event acted as reunion for kids who came last year plus an outreach to others who hadn’t been before,” Mrs Barros said.
Local high school students and youth group members exercised leadership of the gathering while the 40 participants were from St Bernard’s, various local state schools and the neighbouring parishes of Carina, Wishart, Holland Park and Sunnybank.
Youngsters enjoyed prayerful moments, indoor and outdoor games such as bucket relays, as well as various craft activities like bread making.
Part of a global phenomenon where more than 2 million children in the 6-14 years age bracket have participated, the aim of KidsGames is to “support the churches within greater Brisbane in their task of reaching children and their families …”
Carole Danby, from the Youth and Children’s Ministry Team, encourages all parishes to consider offering the program during the July school holidays in 2008, prior to World Youth Day.
“If parishes can provide fun activities and a committed team of adults to organise these, then this could offer a ‘stepping stone’ for children to become World Youth Day pilgrims in the future,” she said.
For more information about KidsGames 2008, being held in late June to early July in Brisbane’s south, visit www.brisbanekidsgames.org.au or contact Carole Danby on (07) 3336 9161 or 0400 332 928 or Jaye Barros on 0418 454 516.
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