All Saints Holiday Club 2023
We were overwhelmed with positive feedback for the first ‘All Saints Holiday Club’ which ran from Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th August with a special celebration service on Sunday 13th. A core team of five people planned and prepared this special week, with a larger team of almost 40 volunteers helping during the week. We transformed our church and grounds here at All Saints, Denmead into a colourful and exciting place of fun and worship for nearly 70 children aged between 4 and 11 years old in our community.
We ran for four mornings with games, drama, music, Bible stories and more; It was a whole lot of fun whilst learning more about Jesus and God’s love for each of us.
We filled the church with singing and dancing, shouted out with joy and laughter as we played games and got colourful and messy as we creatively experienced Bible stories.
Our theme was Champions, which introduced us to the life of Jesus, how He ‘ran the race’ for God, and how we can also run that race. Each day along with a Bible story we looked at how we need ‘Direction’, to avoid ‘Distraction’, to have total ‘Dedication’ and great ‘Determination’.
After a fantastic week of joy, friendship and experiencing God's love for us we were blessed to receive such positive feedback:
“I work nearby, and I saw the children walking past each morning with great big smiles on their faces and chatting away to their parents with such joy. I missed the sign-up this year for my little one, but I already have next year's dates in the diary and can’t wait…” – Local business lady and mother.
“We told my son that next year's Holiday Club falls on his birthday and he said, I really want to go.”
“Thank you so much for helping Cora settle in so quickly on day one. It was all very well organised, the team are all so kind and welcoming. My girls have loved it, especially Lewis in a tutu. I have loved hearing about what they have done after each day, we will be back next year, thank you!”
“A lovely team and very supportive of children. Excellent organisation with lots of interesting crafts, activities, and games. Thank you so very much.”
It has been such a privilege to be a part of the core team who together prayed, planned and ran this amazing week, along with the wider team who worked so hard to make sure every day was a success. Now it’s time to rest up and look to start the plans for next year!
Lewis Jones - Youth and Family Community Leader
Songs from the week: