More Than Gold Holiday Club

In July we held a holiday club for children aged 6 to 12. Sixty children attended the holiday club and enjoyed a range of Olympic themed activities linked to a bible verse from

Isaiah Chapter 12 verse 2 which says See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song, he has given me victory !

Two of the people who were involved in the holiday club share their thoughts below first Darren and then Alice.

From Darren: We had an amazing week of fun and interaction with both children and parents from across the local community. This included a range of activities including art & craft, sport, singing, dancing and tonnes more. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with new families and to welcome them into our church.

From Alice: The ‘More Than Gold’ holiday club gave children in the local area the chance to meet up and take part in a week of fun activities in a church environment.

My first task of the day was to ferry the children from the sign-in room into the main hall. Most of the children were very nervous on the first day, but by the end of the week they talked happily to me about their excitement of the day ahead.

My second role of the day was to help with the singing and drama group. In this activity, we taught the children a mixture of spiritual and secular songs and by the end of the week we had made up a few dance routines too. This activity was one of my favourite parts of the day because all the children were so enthusiastic and really looked forward to it.

For the rest of the day I was one of two team leaders of team ‘Fiji’.  My role was to look after a group of nine children through lunchtime and in the afternoon activity. Lunchtime was a great opportunity to chat to the children about their day, and in the afternoon activities, the children had the chance to get to know one another by playing games and having fun.

Besides all my given roles during the week, I felt that I became more of an older sister to the children by helping to bridge the gap between them and the older members of staff.  As I am 16, the children felt more comfortable in chatting with me as I was closer to their age. Although the week was a lot of work and challenging for me, I certainly learnt a lot from the children and also learnt a great deal about myself. The experience of the week will stay with me for the rest of my life.