Rachel grooving for good with 10 hour dance marathon

Published: Tuesday June 18, 2024

Rachel Laughton, wearing a t-shirt saying 'it's a good day to dance'.Rachel Laughton, Children and Families Worker in Hempsted and Gloucester city centre will be dancing non-stop for 10 hours on 22 June to fundraise for her local children and families work.

She will be dancing at St Mary de Crypt, inviting people to come along at any time during the day to support, donate and join in.

Rachel said: “I am doing this dance-a-thon fundraiser to raise money and awareness of children and families work in church. I am passionate about the continuation of this rich and crucial ministry that enables children and families to be at the centre of parish life.”

Rachel, who has a background in Ballroom and Latin American dance, has been a dance exercise instructor for many years. She leads dance workshops for children, where they explore dance and plan dance routines to share at special services.

“I love to integrate dancing with my faith”, she explained. “I use music and dance to inspire spirituality and to express Christian values. Dancing in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary de Crypt, and inviting others to join me, will hopefully provide moments to experience life in all its fullness.”

She has been preparing for the 10 hour dance-a-thon by learning about tips that marathon runners use in their races: “I’m learning how to sustain myself for the whole dance, for example starting at a gentle pace, hydrating, and taking carbs on board throughout the challenge. I am planning how I will balance lively bursts of up-tempo dance with slower, low-impact phases on the day.

“I am praying that God will be in my feet and in my dancing.”

Children and families work in Hempsted provides enriching activities and opportunities for children and families to grow in faith. These include parent and toddler groups, holiday activities and workshops, pastoral support and church events, and activities such as Messy Church, Godly Play and special celebrations.

The work also includes partnering with Hempsted School to offer support across the community.

The dance marathon takes place on Saturday 22 June, from 8am to 6pm at St Mary De Crypt Church, Southgate Street. People are welcome to go to the café on the day, open from 11am to 3pm, and the church will be open to explore.

To donate online, visit the JustGiving page for this fundraiser by clicking here.

If this has inspired you to explore ways in which your worshipping community can connect with children and families, the Connect team are here to help you develop vision and think through what could work in your parish.

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