The Big Tent was back in Wellington this summer (16 -18 August). The three-day holiday club run by Wellington’s churches for Primary School aged children took place take in a large marquee on the sports field of Wellesley Park Primary School.
This year’s theme was ‘Space Academy’ and 95 children joined the Starship Crew each day as they travelled through space to share the “Goodness, kindness, generosity, honesty and mercy of Mission Command”. Each day ran from 10am until 3pm with an action-packed programme of games, competitions, songs, videos, craft activities and Bible stories; using the 30 metre Big Tent and the excellent outdoor space at Wellesley Park to the full.
The programme was run by a team of over 20 volunteers from local churches led by Church of England youth worker Andy Levett, who was joined on stage by Court Fields students Isaac Jones, Micaela Sellick and Andrew Power with ‘DJ’ Dan Thorne in control of the audio/visuals.
New to The Big Tent this year was the ‘Tea Tent’ open on site each day after drop off and before pick up for parents and younger siblings to enjoy a drink and a cake with space to chat and toys to play with. This popular addition to the event was hosted by Team Missioner Selina Garner and an enthusiastic band of helpers.
Revd Sam Griffiths, Pastor of Wellington Baptist Church and Big Tent Coordinator said:
“I’d like to give a massive thanks to our superb team of volunteers who gave one hundred percent and were simply the best. And a special thanks to our upfront team led by Andy Levett. We had the largest number of children we’ve had in recent years and their enthusiasm and energy just made for a very special year. And a big thanks to the churches of Wellington who supported, gave and prayed, and to the community of Wellington, to Wellesley Park Primary School for hosting us, and to Wellington Town Council for giving us a grant to help make this happen.”
Revd Selina added: “Thanks to the first ever Tiny Tea Tent team for putting up the tea tent, making cakes, listening, praying, laughing lots, making great coffee and washing up… Thanks to the Toy library for the toddler toys and to all the new babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents, teenagers and carers who stopped for a cuppa and a chat during this year’s Big Tent.”
Video highlights of this year’s event can be found on The Big Tent Wellington Youtube channel.