Act 4 in Action

-------------- An Update - Winter Term 2017 --------------

Thoughts from Sam

In 2009 Act 4 set a new World Record. This is not something you do everyday. It was an effort that showed our ambition to take a biblical message and share that with as many children as possible.

It was a great experience. However, it felt like it was time to try this again. For, although our work has changed slightly we remain no less ambitious about sharing Christian values in a relevant and engaging way - equipping children to make a difference. Read on to find out more.

We are also delighted that our work with the URC Thames North Synod is underway. We have visited a couple of their churches and are now organising events that will allow children and adults to have a say as we put together a discipleship action plan. We are really looking forward to seeing how this develops and our ongoing relationship with the URC Thames North Synod will become a regular feature of our newsletters.

We look forward to what should be a very exciting 2018.

Thank you to all of you who support us in so many ways this Christmas.

Sam and the Act 4 team

World Record Attempt for the Largest Poetry Competition

From 11th November 2017 - 10th November 2018 Act 4 are holding a poetry competition for a World Record attempt.

The current World Record is set at 22,703, so we have a huge target to beat!

This event is linked to thinking about the centenary of the end of World War 1, and therefore the poems should be based around thinking back to World War 1, but also looking forward to how we can shape our World today.

Entries are open to anyone that wishes to take part – children, families, community, Uniformed Groups etc. This competition is open to any age group and not restricted to local areas.

If you would like to take part please visit: to download an application form, or email for more details.

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Our very first poem entry was submitted by Joan Gooding and is called 'No More War'. I hope that through reading the poem below, it will inspire you to put a pen on paper!

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‘Imagination’ - Christmas assembly

Our first assembly for this academic year introduced the children to the start of our World Record Attempt. The theme of ‘Imagination’ was used to stimulate their minds for poem ideas. Nikki took a Christmas Card into the assembly and asked the children to help her think of some ideas and wishes for acts of kindness that could be written inside it. There was a very enthusiastic raise of hands as we listened to some great ideas that reflected the children’s feelings and thoughts on how we could all make a difference this Christmas when we stop and think about others.

The assembly also gave the children the chance to really reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, as our drama was all about the first Christmas.

After the assembly each class had a chance to use their imaginations whilst enjoying the activities of the Experience Day.

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Our first World War 1 'Experience Day'

Our new focus this year is to offer schools assemblies and ‘Experience Days’, focusing on World War 1 and our World Record Attempt.

Through the senses of touch, sight, hearing and smell, the experience day encouraged children to think about the history of WW1 in a very practical way.

The children were shown a video comparing the battle site of the Somme 100 years ago, and how it sounds and looks like today. Their reactions were cold, muddy, damp, terrifying for 100 years ago, and beautiful and peaceful for today.

The children took part in a number of activities aimed to really help them to think about what the soldiers went through in the trenches. They had to wear wet socks, experience mud, listen to sounds of different artillery, and guess smells in jars which were connected to WW1 (corned beef, oxo cube and antiseptic).

All of these activities gave the children an insight into life as a soldier in WW1, and will enable them to write their poems for our World Record Attempt poetry competition.

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Act 4 Website Updated

Exciting News!

We have just updated our website. Please visit us at to keep up to date with all our World Record Attempt news and events coming up!

Read all about how you can be part of our very special poetry competition.

Keep watching – your poem may become Poem of the Month! We also have school resources to be download and used.

If anyone has any ideas for things they would like to see on the website, or any feedback at all, then please let us know.

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Act 4 Choir Event at Darkes Fayre

Darkes Fayre this year, took place on Saturday 25th November with the theme of ‘Come Fly With Me’, as the main beneficiary was the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.

Act 4 once again held our annual Choir Event, in which we were entertained by the incredibly talented Pope Paul Primary School Choir. Family, friends and supporters all watched proudly as the children sung and danced their way through three Christmas songs. The children taking part ranged from 5 to 10 years old and got everyone into the Christmas spirit. It was so enjoyable that an encore was requested!

Our thanks go to Head Teacher, Liz Heymoz from Pope Paul for the time and dedication given to her school choir and nurturing the children’s love of singing.

Reflection - Take a moment...

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Prayer requests

  • For more schools to engage with the experience days.

  • We generate some momentum with the World Record.

  • That the children we have worked with can connect the messages shared in school with their Christmas experiences at home.

Coming up...

Act 4 Quiz Night - King Charles the Martyr Church

Saturday, Jan. 20th 2018 at 6:45pm

368 Mutton Lane


Act 4 are hosting a Quiz Night to raise money to continue their valuable work within schools and the local community at King Charles the Martyr Church, Mutton Lane.

  • £10 per person - tickets to be bought in advance
  • Maximum team of 8 per table or smaller numbers can be joined up
  • Bring your own nibbles and drinks
  • Ploughman’s Supper and Raffle held in the interval
  • Everyone is welcome!

To purchase tickets contact Nikki Edwards or Sam Smith on: or 01707 665551or the KCM Office on 01707 665579.

Coffee, cake and poetry morning!

Wednesday, Feb. 7th 2018 at 10am-12pm

235 Darkes Lane


Come along to the Potters Bar URC between 10-12 and take part in our World Record Poetry Competition Attempt, whilst enjoying coffee and cake!

Please let us know you are coming along by sending an RSVP to or by calling the office on 01707 665551.

We are looking for a flat/room to rent for our volunteers

Do you have a flat/room in a house that you would be prepared to rent to Act 4 for our volunteers to live in?

If so, we would really love to hear from you!

By enabling us to provide accommodation for these independent young people, you will be supporting the exciting work of Act 4 and allowing the volunteers to use their talents to inspire the young people in our community.

To discuss this in more detail, please contact Sam or Nikki on: 01707 665551 or

Regular Givers

We must increase our regular givers; if you can support us in this way, please let us know.

Volunteer Drivers

We need drivers to help transport the team to local schools.

Become a Trustee

Get involved in the strategic direction of the charity.

Gift in Will

To find out more about supporting us in this way please contact us