School children in the Knaphill area are being invited to find to a heavenly host of angels over the next few weeks, as a parish puts a Christmas spin on the recent Pokemon GO phenomenon.
Inspired by the engagement that the Pokemon app has received, members of Holy Trinity & St Saviour’s churches have been knitting, crocheting and crafting angels for an ever-so-slightly ‘lower tech’ version that they are calling ‘Angel GO’! These angels will reside in the shops in Knaphill, to be found and logged by the children of local schools.
Jo Birkby, HT&SS’s Children & Families worker explained: “We have given all the children in our local schools a sheet, or ‘Angeldex’, which gives clues to where they’ll be able to find the angels. The shopkeepers who are participating have given their angel a name and the children will have to find them and fill the name in on their Angeldex. It’s our hope that this will not only encourage and support our local shops, but also create a feeling of community as well as providing a bit of fun for families as they ‘catch ‘em all!’”
The initiative has been received with great enthusiasm from shopkeepers and children alike. The ‘hunting’ period will be 14 November–12 December and there will be several prizes, one at each school, the winners selected at random as they visit either Holy Trinity church, Knaphill or St Saviour’s church, Brookwood for their Christmas concerts.
This is just one of the ways in which Holy Trinity & St Saviour’s is hitting the Transforming Church, Transforming Lives goal of ‘cultivating community partnerships’ this Christmas, from carol singing at Brookwood Station to candlelit carol services on 18 December and other great family services including Christingle, 20:20 Crib and Messy Church. Full details can be found at www.htandstschurch.org.