A series of lunches run by two Monkseaton Churches was a huge success over the summer holidays. The Children’s Lunch and Play series (CLAP Hands) was provided by St Andrew’s United Reformed Church and the Church of St Peter, Monkseaton over the six week holiday. Over 140 meals were provided free of charge to children and adults as they joined in with crafts and games.
The Revd Peter Dobson, Vicar of St Peter’s said ‘We felt that there was an opportunity to provide for the local community through the summer. It was good to welcome families from a wide area and to watch as the children made friends, played games and had a cooked meal.’
The sessions were open to children aged 5-12 and complement the children’s work carried out by both churches. Tuesday sessions were held at St Peter’s, while Thursday sessions were held at St Andrew’s. Children could play games such as table tennis and badminton and take part in craft activities, and receive a cooked meal.
In addition to the support from the two churches, assistance was also received from the Bay Foodbank, the local Morrisons stores, along with a grant from Partners in Community Action. The Revd Matthew Prevett, Minister of St Andrew’s URC said ‘It wouldn’t have been possible to provide these sessions without the support of our congregations and the many contributions from the community. We extend our sincere thanks to them all for their assistance.’
The Churches are exploring other ways they may be able to work together to provide facilities to the local community in the coming months.