'Breakfast Fun' ran over five mornings during the summer school holidays from 9am to 11am in which families were invited to join us for free breakfast, craft activities, games and if needed, free children's clothing through Sharewear in Nottingham. 

 

Varied breakfasts were available from toast and cereals to bacon or sausage cobs.  There were also packed lunches for the children to take away to enjoy later.  Whilst the initiative was to help feed families with children who usually have free school meals it became evident that the clothing was just as valued. 

 

Those who came tended to stay for the whole session enjoying eating socially,  participating in the crafts and activities and towards the end of the session we had a time where we played games together such as parachute games or bingo.  During the sessions we played Christian music in the background and Rend Collective became a favourite with 'My Lighthouse'.

 

We welcomed people on the fringes of our church, who access other groups but we also made new contacts and relationships with families who had not been before.  We had many positive comments such as 'it is a lovely atmosphere' and 'it makes me feel good inside'.  On average there were around 40 people each morning, some of these returning on other mornings, over the whole 5 days 92 people attended.

 

The initiative was funded through our local Rotary group with donations of food from Tesco Fareshare and funding from the Diocese hospitality fund enabled us to buy a freezer for much needed storage of food.  Volunteers came and helped from across our church family and from the community and we had many other local donations. 

 

We are planning on running another 'Breakfast fun' in the October school holidays, continuing to build on relationships and serving the community.