Church looks to build upon Bible stories with Lego Club

Bishop Christopher Foster, left, with Lacey Jo Davidson
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CHILDREN storm into the classroom, diving headfirst into boxes and hastily constructing models of all shapes and sizes.

This is the scene at Highbury Primary School’s new Lego Club – which has been set up to allow children to explore their creative side, whilst also learning some stories from the Bible.

After the initial carnage as the children scramble to create their own Lego masterpieces, Nicky Pybus gathers the children around a screen.

She tells children a number of Bible stories using images from the Lego Bible, explaining how it helps us to understand how all of us have skills and talents to share.

Then there are four quickfire Lego building challenges, full of laughter and cheering as families complete each challenge.

Nicky was appointed a year ago to pioneer new styles of worship and ministry in the Highbury estate in Cosham. She has developed the links between St Philip’s Church and Highbury Primary School.

She said: ‘The parents sign up to the Lego Club for the whole term, so we’ve been fully booked both terms.

‘We insist that the parents are there with their children because the aim is that they all play and learn together.’

Carly Rainey, who brings her five-year-old daughter Lacey Jo Davidson, said: ‘I like this because we get to play together. It’s our quality time together, because often when we’re at home there are other things to do.’

Heidi Nathan, who brings her godchildren Tilly Francis and Oscar Jackson, both three, said: ‘They love to come back every week. They like making things and are absorbing the stories.

‘This is a great way to teach them because there is so much interaction and they like being set the tasks.’

Owen Williams, nine, is another regular, who added: ‘I like it because I get to play with Lego, which makes the stories fun.

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