Gower Ministry Area has welcomed its new youth worker this month.
Helen Hulatt will be working with children, youths and families in the area and is busy connecting with people and building relationships.
“I trained as a nursery nurse,” Helen said. “ I worked in a private day nursery and pre-schools.
“I grew up in a Christian home and took a personal step of faith at 12 years on a Christian camp, inviting God into my life and asking his forgiveness. At 15 I was baptised.
“My husband Steve and I married in 2000 and now have five lovely children; three girls and two boys ranging in age from 5 years – 17 years old.
“While our children were young I volunteered in various ways: toddler group, school nursery, holiday clubs, kids church, playing piano and keyboard, doing publicity for church events etc. I love to worship though singing and music, enjoy drama, baking, walks in the countryside, picnics, art, socialising and various sports including ice-skating and dance.”
Helen is already busy in her new role and, as well as opportunities for activities and worship, will be organising training for leaders and volunteers.
“There will be regular events such as assisting with Jigsaw toddler group, themed picnics with games and a story and song time, being part of Open the Book, taking Bible stories into school assemblies in an engaging way by using drama and also the lunch club at Knelston,” Helen said.
“I will be contacting other schools in the Gower Ministry Area too, seeing where help is appreciated including assemblies, RE lessons, lunch club, charity fundraising, creating a prayer zone.
“At Murton Youth Club I hope to find ways of engaging more with the youth through baking, games, water fights, pancake night, barbecues etc. I would like to help develop nights of lively worship with youth from across the Gower.
“In north Gower Fr Tim Ardouin has the vision to start up a family-friendly church on Saturdays, starting with one Saturday per month.
“To encourage and develop leaders and volunteers skills and confidence I hope to arrange some hands on training in storytelling, puppetry and ballooning for all who wish to be involved.”