Year End & Christmas Party

The Bangsar Gospel Centre Children’s Corner and Cornerstone wish to invite you to our  Year End & Christmas Party.

 

WHO?  – Parents, relatives, friends and kids of Cornerstone & Children’s Corner

& members of Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHEN & WHERE?   –  Tuesday 6th November 2012

10 am – 12.30 pm at Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? –  A gift for exchange (worth about RM 15)

 

Come join us and have fun with the kids.  But……please confirm your attendance with Auntie Mabel Dunn.

 

 

Dentists are Fun

On Friday mornings, Mum and I usually go to the Children’s Corner playgroup at Bangsar Gospel Centre where we have a lot of fun playing with toys, listening to stories and singing songs. I think most of us really like the “tick-tock” song where our mums swing us about like little pendulums; well, I really enjoy that.

But a week ago, Auntie Mabel told us that instead of our usual playtime, we were all going to visit a “dentist”.   Mum says that a dentist is a special doctor that takes care of our teeth.   I like my doctor.  He always makes me feel better if I have a fever or a cough and I even get a lollipop when I visit him.

So visiting a dentist should be fun too.  I don’t know why dad’s face turned pale when I mentioned visiting the dentist; you would have thought he was going to faint!

Anyway, the visit was great.  Dentist Jason was so much fun.  He showed us his special dentist chair – it could go up and down, backward and forward, had all these bright lights and cool toys like the straw that could suck up the water.  He allowed us to play with everything!  He even told me to spit!  If only Mum could be so cool……

He told us to brush our teeth everyday which I do with Mum’s help.

Later he made us balloons out of rubber gloves.  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait to go back again.  I heard Mum made an appointment for next week.  I wonder what other toys I will discover at the dentist’s office next.

Children Playing by Moonlight

Psalm 119:105 says of God’s holy scriptures, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Indeed, without God’s word to guide us, then it is as if we are stumbling and falling about in the darkness.  And that would have been the case last Thursday the  27th of September for a whole bunch of parents and kids from Children’s Corner and Cornerstone who had gathered at the park at Jalan Bangkung if it was not for the pretty lanterns that lit up their way so that the could see where they were going and also made the park look truly magical.  Under the pale glow of the full moon, we had gathered to play with lanterns and to share mooncakes.

Officially, it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival but it is also known as the Lantern Festival or the Mooncake Festival for obvious reasons.  There are many tales related to the origin and purpose of the festival but it is clear that this has been celebrated by the Chinese community  for some 3,000 years in some form.  The mooncakes and lanyerns is said to have become part of the festival to commemorate a Chinese revolt to overthrow their Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th Century.  The Mongols did not eat mooncakes so the rebels used paper messages hidden in mooncakes distributed widely to the population to coordinate the timing of the planned attack.  In the same way, lanterns were used on hilltops by the rebels to signal one another.  The rebellion was successful leading to the establishment of the Ming Dynasty.  The event is remembered on this festival day by the eating of mooncakes and the playing with lanterns.

Of course, the kids just enjoyed playing with the lanterns and watching the pretty flickering show of light and shadows.  The traditional lanterns were in the shape of animals like cats, dogs, squirrels, birds etc but there were a few modern ones like the “angry bird” lantern!

Fun was had by all and it was good to see so many parents and grandparents there too.  It was especially great to see many fathers there even f they had to rush from work.

In the near future, the kids will be having another fun excursion – this time to the dentist!  Now I can’t imagine a visit to the dentist being as much fun as eating mooncakes and playing lanterns but the kids are really excited about it so maybe there is something I don’t know …… like the dentist gives out lollipops?

If you would like your child to join in these activities, please take note of the information given below.  Enjoy the photos.

Cornerstone

This is a kindergarten for children aged 3-6 years which is held at the church from Monday to Friday from 9-12.30pm.

Children’s Corner

Along side Cornerstone, there is also a playgroup for toddlers up to the age of 3 years which is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.30 – 11.30 am.  Toddlers have the opportunity to learn while playing.  There is also singing and story-time.  Parents/care giver participation is expected.  A great time for all.

 

 

The Day We Went to the Fire Station

Well, today was a very special day for the kids, parents and grandparents of Children’s Corner and Cornerstone.  Today, we all went to the Desa Sri Hartamas Fire Station where the friendly Firemen treated all of us to all kinds of fun activities.

Upon arrival at the fire station, we were first treated to a talk by Uncle Nathan who explained that fire when small and under control, is our friend.  But we have to be careful because if the fire is big and uncontrolled, it can be bad.  He then taught us what to do if we were ever on fire – cover our face, drop and roll!

After that, we got to do dress-up …. in real firemen’s jacket and helmet.  They were kind of loose though…….I think most of us will have to grow up a bit before they will fit properly.  Still, I think most of us looked cool cause our parents were busy taking our photos.

Next, we got to do something really fun………we got to play with firemen’s hoses.  They got us to line up and showed us how to hold the hoses properly so that we can spray the water straight in front of us.  That was fun.  However, it was even more fun when we got to point the hoses at each other!  I was really surprised but some of our parents did not mind us getting soaked.  It was fan-tabulous!

The fun did not stop there! Next we got to ride inside the cab of the fire engine and they even put on the sirens and the lights!

The firemen then showed us how they were able to use ropes to come down from a tall tower.  They looked a lot like the Amazing Spiderman!

We got a bit worried though when they put our teachers into one of those big cranes and lifted them into the air until we could hardly see them.  But phewww, what a relief when they came back down again.

I was actually glad that the program ended there cause I had so much fun that I was tired out and I was looking forward to lunch!  There were about 60  of us there today, both kids and parents and we all had a load of fun.  Maybe you might like to join us next time?

 

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Cornerstone

This is a kindergarten for children aged 3-6 years which is held at the church from Monday to Friday from 9-12.30pm.

Children’s Corner

Along side Cornerstone, there is also a playgroup for toddlers up to the age of 3 years which is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.30 – 11.30 am.  Toddlers have the opportunity to learn while playing.  There is also singing and story-time.  Parents/care giver participation is expected.  A great time for all.

Different But Not Less

There will be an extra special meeting on Sunday 25th March  at 11.30 -1.30 pm at Bangsar Gospel Centre, after the church Sunday Worship Service.  Don’t miss this opportunity.

It is entitled “Different But Not Less“.

Children with so called ‘learning  difficulties or  special needs’ are often categorized as “less” because they are deemed to be unable to fit into the system of our society.  But each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by God.  Let’s reconsider our perspective by gaining a better understanding of these children or even adults and seek wisdom from God as to how to encourage them.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Parents, Children Workers or anyone who are in contact with Special Children.  Learn to appreciate, love and embrace them as Jesus would.

Paul & Emily Sebastian

The session will be led by husband and wife team, Paul and Emily, who worship and serve at Damansara Utama Methodist Church.  Paul runs a home centre for children (6-18 years old) and Emily runs an Early Intervention Centre (3-6 years old).  Both have experience working with children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dispraxia and autism.  Come and benefit from their experience and vision of children, family and community working together to embrace the differences in one another and move forward together.