Cookie Jar runs on Tuesday mornings during school terms. There is a great selection of toys, a craft table and a quiet corner with books. For the adults, there is a vast array of different kinds of tea and really nice biscuits.
At 11.15 tidy up time is called, and the small chairs are placed in a circle in the corner with the stools behind for the adults to sit on for story time. The children get juice, fruit and biscuits and we tell a Bible story, often using toys as props.
There is well-fenced outdoor garden space with high-quality artificial grass (no mud) and, even when it is busy inside, it is still lots of fun, and many of the parents and carers recommend it to their friends. It is especially good to see (and hear!) people not from the UK meeting and having time out to chat to each other.
Just before it’s time to say goodbye, Liz often has local notices – then the epic task of fitting everything back into the cupboard begins.
We ask for a 50p donation on the door to help cover the cost of refreshments and materials. All parents and carers with under 5s are very welcome.