Church with a bounce: Temple URC's bouncy days

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In their Under 11s review paperwork, the children of Temple URC were incredibly enthusiastic about Bouncy Days and we just had to find out more. Anne Percival, their youth elder, was keen to tell us about this rather unusual outreach.

"Bouncy Days came about due to the generosity of a few of our younger church families who own a bouncy castle business (BounceAway South-East). They themselves came up with the idea of holding these bouncy days (when out entire site – including the church building! – is set up with bouncy castles, assault courses, soft play etc.) initially as a fundraising opportunity but also an outreach to local families.

"They have been a great success and we will continue them as long as we are able! Children have joined our Brigades, Junior Church or Toddler group after attending a bouncy day so all in all they have proved to be a great way to reach families who wouldn’t usually enter the building! Volunteers are always on hand to talk to those who attend, hot food is served along with drinks and lots of cake, and much fun is had by all. In fact, some adults without any young children have been coming along just for tea, cake and a chat which is something we didn’t anticipate!

"The days are hard work and we rely heavily on volunteers but, as I have already said, we hope to continue with them as long as we can."

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