• a great welcome and top class hospitality are crucial
• having everything ready
• have a theme - The theme for the work with the children and grandparents together was to explore aspects of Lent and Easter in a creative way
• use reflective storytelling and wondering questions so that everyone present is engaged whatever age they are - we had the story of how Jesus called the disciples and still calls us today from Margaret Coooling's Book Bible Storybags.
• The grandparents had some time on their own to discuss issues they have experienced as grandparents and how they can share their Christian faith while the children had fun making glass painted lanterns and boats to remind them of the themes in the story. Note it is never too young to teach stewardship and community when you can persuade the smallest person to sweep up!!