The children from 'Jubilate' join in lots of activities at the church. Below are some of the activities they have been involved in.
15th December 2010 - Nine Lessons and Carol Service
Nine children from Jubilate joined the East Wickham singers for their annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols. †The children started by singing some for their favourite songs before the service. †The service started with the children singing the first verse of Once in Royal. †In between the nine reading and Carols sung by the congregation the East Wickham singers sang several Carols written by Richard Southgate, the hand bells played some Carols and the children sang The Drummer Boy, Little Donkey, and a Gallery Carol written by Richard. They also sang the first two verses of Away in a Manger. †One of the children also read one of the readings. After the service the children were able to meet the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Val Clark, and the Bishop of Woolwich, Rt Rev. Christopher Chessun, soon to be Bishop of Southwark.
On Wednesday 8th June 16 children plus adults from Jubilate went up to the Abbey Ruins to find out how the Monks used to live there. †This included a story in the warming room, doing a word search in the undercroft, followed by a bible story in the cloisters. †The children then did their exercise by racing to the kitchen, here they were served cheese and biscuits and water which they ate in the refectory in silence while Fr Derek read them the rule of St Augustine. Then it was time for the children to assemble for a procession around the Nave of the Abbey. †This was lead by Paul as Thurifer, 2 children carrying candles, another carrying the cross and several children carrying banners. †As they processed they sang 'The Spirit lives'. †Paul then lead them into the Lady Chapel where Fr David said a prayer, then to the high altar where he gave them a blessing.
17th February 2010 - Ash Wednesday
Our Jubilate meeting on Ash Wednesday included a short Liturgy of Ashing. †Fr David gave the children a sheet with the Lord's Prayer broken down into short sentences, after each piece there were several questions e.g. †Do I say my prayers? Do I pay attention and take part in Mass? they were then asked to write their sins on a piece of paper. †When they had all finished writing, Fr David collected up their sins and we all went outside where he burnt them.
We then gathered at the back of the church and processed in singing 'O Lord, all the World'.† After a bible reading and Fr David gave a short talk in which he tied one of the boys legs together to show how when we are bound up with sin we can't go anywhere but when we confess our sins God cuts the ties and we are free. †After singing 'God forgave my sins', Fr David blessed the Ashes and everyone went forward to have ash put on their forehead in the shape of a cross. †He then lead us in some prayers of repentance and the Lords Prayer and we finished off by singing ' You shall go out with joy'.
3rd February 2010 - Candlemas
On 3d Feb we finished our Jubilate meeting with a short celebration of Candlemas. †The children gathered in St. Michael's chapel along with some of their parents, where everyone was given a lit candle. †Fr Derek started off by blessing the candles, then 3 children read the story of the Presentation of Christ in the temple. †Another child then read a pray, after which we processed to the lady chapel singing ' The spirit lives'. Once in the lady chapel we sang 'The light of Christ', then finished off with Fr Derek saying a prayer.
16th December 2009 - Nine Lessons and Carols
Jubilate joined the East Wickham singers for their annual Nine Lessons and Carol. †Two of the children sang the first verse of Once in Royal beautifully as a duet. †The rest sang The Little Drummer Boy, Little Donkey, Away in a Manger and How far is it to Bethlehem set to music written by Richard Southgate.
22nd July 2009 - The Jubilate Summer Bar-b-cue
It was a warm, pleasant summer evening at the end of July, the children of the Jubilate Choir gathered as usual in the choir room of St. Michaelís Church, they were also joined by some other children from the church. †As they waited for everyone to arrive they sang gathering songs, there was some enthusiastic and boisterous singing. †Tonight was not an ordinary gathering of the Jubilate Choir.† This evening was to be the end of year bar-b-cue.
The children were excited, most of the schools they attended had now broken up for the summer holidays and the children were looking forward to the long summer holiday that lay ahead of them. †After the gathering songs had been sung everyone headed out to the Church garden, where Father Derek and his helpers were already busy with the bar-b-cue. †The children were divided into two groups and went off to opposite ends of the garden with Leaders to play garden games , one group played hoopla and the other skittles. †A strong breeze made it difficult to keep the skittles standing upright. †The children adapted the rules of skittles to a game of their own design and I have no idea who won! †It didnít matter everyone got points and everyone had fun! †After a while the two groups swapped over so everyone had a turn at everything.
After the garden games were completed the children were called back inside the Church for a treasure hunt, the children in small groups were set of photos and asked to find a piece of a puzzle from each of the locations shown in the photo. †There was a puzzle piece at each location for each group. †After all the pieces had been collected the children had to solve a riddle with them and when they did they won a small prize. †Some children found this easier than others, but help was available from the leaders to read the more difficult words and point them in the right direction and by the end of the game all the children were laughing and had won their prize.
By now there was an inviting smell of bar-b-cuing coming from the garden and everyone headed outside again where Fr Derek was working hard with piles of beef burgers and sausages. †His two helpers were busy sampling the food he had already cooked! †The children (and leaders) each had a burger and hotdog and a cold drink, the noise subsided as they munched their way through the food. †After this there was a selection of biscuits and cakes for the children to enjoy. †By the time the food was finished the evening was drawing to a close and parents and carers were arriving to collect the children. †The evening ended with a short prayer , lots of good wishes for a very happy summer, and reminders that Jubilate will be open again in the autumn.
17th December 2008 During the third week of Advent St Michaelís Choir and some members of the Jubilate Choir joined the East Wickham Singers and St. Michaelís School Choirs at St. Michaelís Community Centre, East Wickham for a service of Nine Lessons and Carols. †The singing was lovely. †There was also a group who played several well known carols with hand bells. †It was a joy to hear the familiar story of Christmas and sing Carols that echo down the years. †As well as listen to the wonderful singing by the Choir.
1st March 2008 Some of the children from 'Jubilate' joined the East Wickham singers singing Even song on Southwark cathedral (full report Southwark)
23rd February 2008 Some children from 'Jubilate' joined the East Wickham singers singing Even Song at Norwich cathedral (full report Norwich)