Over the past academic year, the Toddlers toddled to Field House again to sing and play with the elderly residents there. The children have really grown in confidence with their older friends now and happily share out the instruments and chat to them when we play. As well as singing we have built Lego together, dressed up in hats, played Peekaboo with headscarves and filled the sitting room with bubbles prompting the residents to sing “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” to us!
At Easter we had great fun making Easter cards for our families and more recently we have made seaside sticker scenes and coloured in sandcastle flags together, with everyone sharing memories of treasured holidays, some long ago.
It is a privilege to spend an afternoon each month in this special place. It is wonderful for the children to spend time with the older people, to learn respect for them and to benefit from the love that they receive from them. Also to experience the sheer joy and pleasure that they bring into the room, which is written across the faces of each resident there, maybe not as soon as we arrive, but definitely by the time we are ready to leave.
Many of the older children will be starting school in September but their younger siblings will continue to visit and we have even recruited some new friends to join us!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5
Kate Diwakar – Toddler Pastor