Thursday, August 27, 2015

Warbleton Church Jonah Holiday Club Report 2015

I have of course taken the liberty of writing up Sunday's service before it happens in the faith that it will be epic!

Warbleton Church Jonah Holiday Club 2015

We had a fantastic time at Holiday Club on Tues 25th and Wed 26th at Warbleton Church, Church Rooms and outside, while the weather was kind to us. On the Wednesday it chucked it down unbelievably but it didn’t dampen our spirits!

Unusually, our holiday club runs alongside a toddler morning. Pre-schoolers and their mums or carers (and the Rector and other helpers) enjoyed snacks, drinks, cake, and a great variety of toys, as well as songs, musical instruments, a story and crafts. Sometimes our regular toddler group on Tuesdays can be quite full and busy, so with some families away on their summer holidays, it was nice to chat in a less full on environment.

Four to eleven year olds had games, craft, refreshments, drama, music, teaching and a mini-Bible study in the church. The church took on a bit of a nautical theme with a cardboard boat, a paddling pool and oars in evidence, along with dressing up as characters from the book of Jonah.

On the Sunday after the club, we held a special Holiday Club all age family service. UCCF: The Christian Unions​re were games before the service. Children were invited to come and show off their craft work, we sang some songs from the club and concluded the story of the book of Jonah. It was great to learn something more of God’s love, power and plans for his world. After the service, in addition to the usual coffee, squash and biscuits, juice, nibbles and sausages in hot dog rolls, and so on were served.

We are very grateful to our team of dedicated and talented leaders who provided such a fun, safe and worthwhile club. We are especially grateful to Jeremy who did the main teaching, and to the youth club volunteers who made themselves very useful. Shirley had masterminded the whole things superbly, though she was not able to be with us on the days themselves.

We are already considering our plans for next year. We might expand to Tues, Wed, Thurs & Friday of the last full week of the school holidays – but please watch this space for further details. We would welcome volunteer helpers who are willing to undergo a DBS check and any feedback on this year’s events.

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