Monkstown’s SMILE service

Monkstown Parish celebrated their annual Children’s Day service on 22nd June. There was a great family feel to the service and a warm welcome for all.

The service commenced with a welcome by Rev. Arlene Moore who then handed over to Gary Huntley- Monkstown’s Youth and Children’s team leader who had organised the service. The whole service was led by the children and young people from S.M.I.L.E. (seeing miracles in life every day). S.M.I.L.E. is the name of Monkstown’s Sunday children’s programme, a name thought of by the children themselves.

The children and young people were involved in all aspects of the service, from leading prayers and bible readings to reading out the announcements and lifting the offering.

There was a World Cup theme to the praise and worship with a great Samba vibe going on and some creative dressing up. All the children and young people (from the very smallest crèche children to the youth group) were involved in leading two praise songs. The youth group then performed a drama on the theme of how we receive the message of God’s good news.

There was also a video with photos taken from various church events showing members of the congregation serving together, having great fun together and being a Christian family.

Whitewell Tabernacle Puppet Ministry joined the service and treated the children to a puppet presentation with songs and storytelling.

The service concluded with all the children and young people receiving their prizes for a year of learning and sharing together in S.M.I.L.E.

And one more thing! Yes you guessed it – a nice cup of tea and a time to chat at the end!