In response to difficulties we had in 2014, we are making some big changes to the way we prepare for Holiday Club this year. Below is a letter to you outlining these changes. Please treat yourself to a cup of tea or coffee, read through the letter and then get in touch with your response or questions etc. Many thanks, Tim
Council of Churches Holiday Club
27-31 July 2015
Dear current, old, new or interested team member,
Thank you for your interest in Holiday Club, and for those who have served on team before, thank you for all that you have given already to the lives of the children in our villages. Holiday Club is a wonderful week where around 200 children come together along with a junior team of around 25 and adult team of about 50 and no one goes away untouched in some way by Jesus!
During the week we are privileged, commissioned and given the opportunity to share the love of God in Jesus with the children and to meet with Him ourselves as we sing, hear stories and listen to the children. It truly is a blessing to be involved in as an adult and one which will challenge and change you. It is probably the churches biggest opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with people in our villages as we also meet with the parents and family members of the children in our groups.
Over the years, we have come to accept that Holiday Club will just happen, and it always does. However, last year we encountered our biggest problems for some time as we struggled to find enough people to lead the small groups of children. In the end, we began holiday club 5 people short and whilst some people stepped up into roles and grew in their faith as a result, some groups did not have the leading that we would like. The Core Team has now made a commitment to ensure that every small group has a ‘committed, capable, Christian leader’ and a leader who has a DBS certificate. These qualities can be shared between the 2 or 3 leaders that each group has but they must all be in place well before Holiday begins.
Another big problem last year was that some leaders signed up very late and so were not able to prepare well enough or receive the training that we lay on. To solve this, we are asking that all team members sign up by April 12, 2015. If we don’t have enough leaders by then we will cancel Holiday Club or reduce the number of children we can take. We will then put on 2 training evenings on 25 June and 2 July from 7.30-9pm, with pizza from 6.45pm (pizza not compulsory but good for getting to know each other!). Some of the time during these evenings will be given over for group leaders to work together on the material that will be used with the children to ensure that everyone is well prepared. This will also help the junior leaders and adult leaders to get to know each other and give a chance for us to share ideas with each other.
I trust that you can understand why we are making these changes and ask that you will prayerfully consider being involved in Holiday Club this year. For those of you that work, would you consider taking a weeks holiday (as you might to do a mission abroad or help on a camp) to serve with us? I’ve attached the adult and under 16’s Application forms. (use link below)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. And finally, to get yourself into the mood for this years Holiday Club theme: start dreaming of summer holidays, beaches and get singing, ‘Everybody’s gone surfing, surfing USA’!
Tim & the Core Team: Eileen, Rebecca, Gill, Joe, Kate, Sam