St George’s Holiday Club – a great success!
This year’s St George’s Holiday Club was themed as ‘Seaside Surprise’ with all things ‘seasidey’ including the song ‘Oh I do love to be beside the Seaside’.
Almost 70 young children gathered ‘On the Pier’ on Monday morning on 24th July for a week of fun based on an adventure by the seaside. After a smooth registration process, they gathered in their ‘Beach Huts’ before all coming together for some singing, dancing and stories back ‘On the Pier’. Numbers of children steadily grew during the week as others heard of the fun being enjoyed.
The youngest group, the Leaping Lobsters, based in the church, were usually the first to march into the Hall They were followed by the Smiley Sharks, the Super Seaweed, the Whispering Whales and finally the Shimmering Shells, the oldest group.
They began the day by singing our theme song for the week – ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ – before dancing with the ‘Pier Maintenance’ to the tune of ‘Surfing USA’. Once again, the church teenagers formed the ‘Pier Maintenance’, who as well as helping in all the Beach Huts, also performed our drama about Tony the Ice who ran the Ice Cream parlour in our seaside town. He recruits others like ‘Phil the Pale’ who runs the Pharmacy but who was constantly being sick, Jude the Dude, a money grabbing trinket salesman, etc to help attract more visitors. Their antics mirrored the daily stories of the disciples around the Sea of Galilee.
Starting on Monday we covered the stories of the call of the disciples, the miraculous catch of fish, storm on the lake, house on the rock, and Jesus’ resurrection appearance by the Sea of Galilee.
And of course, it would not be Holiday Club without ‘The Plank’! – the perennial favourite; a simple but highly effective way of creating excitement, fun and a general soaking for all involved. Each year ‘The Plank’ transforms into something new – this year it was the ‘Big Wave Wipeout’, but children are not fooled and they all wanted a go on ‘walking the plank’!
A Celebration Service was held in the Hall on the Sunday and a fair number of young children and their parents attended. This gave the adults a good taste of what we had been doing through the week. A number of the children presented their crafts they had made, some read Bible readings and others short prayers. We finished the Club thinking about Jesus as the Light of the World.
Our sincere thanks to ‘Pier Maintenance’, all leaders and helpers, including our wonderful technical support! ‘Pier Maintenance’ spent a number of Sunday evenings constructing the decorations, as well as practicing the drama and helping out in the groups. Leaders and helpers spent weeks preparing materials for the craft activities, and we know many a partner was dragged in to help!
And a thank you to the children who made the week so enjoyable, and the parents who donated cakes to keep the children and us going!
Thank you and see you all next year!
Bucket and Spade (aka Terry & Kathy Winrow)