From July 29 to August 2, St Andrew’s Church, Eaton,
was filled with children ready to take on the challenge to be junior heroes.
Each day the children looked at a different young “hero” in the Bible who had served God. These included Samuel,
the little boy who gave his lunch to feed 5000 people, David, Naaman’s
servant girl and King Josiah.
Alongside these heroes, the team looked at the armour of God and Victor,
created by David Hughes,
was given a different piece of armour to wear each day.
The themes of being heroes and soldiers of God were also highlighted in a daily puppet show with ‘Debbie and Harry’
The children also learnt some new songs led by Vicar of St Andrew’s Phil Rodd
on the guitar and Music Director Margaret Smith,
which the children sang with great enthusiasm. For the second year running a prayer space was included, allowing the children to experience quiet and creative ways of talking to God and to consider questions such as 'Who is your hero?’ and 'If you could ask God any question what would it be?’
Dramatised Bible stories, craft activities such as designing T-shirts, clay shields, magnetic tiles, jigsaws and sand art crosses and lively team games were included.
At the end of each day the children were asked if there was anything they would like to give thanks for and then the team prayed for them before they went home.
On Friday parents were invited to attend a short service of thanksgiving and to stay for lunch.
Holiday Club Leader and Children, Young people and Families worker for St Andrew’s said: “It has been a really fantastic week .The children have been great fun and joined in with enthusiasm. There have been some amazing conversations. A team of over 30 people of all ages used their God-given gifts and talents to serve in a variety of ways. I give thanks to God for each one of them.
“My thanks go, also, to everyone from both churches who helped to make Holiday Club a really happy and special time for so many children and we do pray that they will have taken away with them something of the love of Christ.”
Both Christ Church
and St Andrew’s
offer a variety of activities for children, young people and families. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org