— Coronavirus update —
As I’m sure you’ve realised by now, it is not possible for us to run a Holiday Club this year. We are unable to create a suitable socially distanced environment for young guests from many different year groups and households.
Instead, can we point you towards on-line activities …
Lighthouse is a holiday club which has run in Buckinghamshire for many years now. This year they’ve put in a lot of extra effort to provide a professional standard on-line version – Lighthouse Live.
It takes places Monday 27th to Friday 31st July. There will be a morning and afternoon live Mainstage session full of everything you’d expect from a St Catherine’s Holiday Club – songs, actions, messy games, gunge, drama, craft, Bible stories, prayer and so much more!
Sign up at https://lighthousecentral.org/
If you want something with familiar faces, many of those who appear at St Catherine’s Holiday Clubs can be found in our on-line Messy Church videos for the young and the young at heart. They can be found here :- https://stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk/videos/video_services_young/
The words below were written before corona-virus pandemic, and remain to give you an indication of what we’ve done in the past.
We’ve been running a week-long summer holiday club at St Catherine’s for 30 years now. It’s for children aged 4 – 11 and lasts 2 hours each morning. Each year, following a central theme, we have plenty of fun and games, craft & making, songs, drama and more.
Typically our Holiday Club runs during the 2nd full week of August 10am to 12noon, with a opening ‘preview’ service for all the family on the preceding Sunday 10:30am.
In previous years, parents are invited to return at 11:45am each weekday morning to see some of the groups perform a song, or the days drama.
Last year the cost was £10 for the week, this was to cover refreshments and materials (a reduction to £5 for additional children in the same family).
For an idea as to what might happen, read on for details of last year …
For our week in August 2019, we travelled around 5 European cities through a mixture of fun facts, food, history and geography. Unfortunately our front of stage backpacking team never seemed to pack the right things, and chaos often ensued 😀!
The children also travelled with Jesus as he arrived in Jerusalem and explored the events of his last week on earth through the awesome accounts from the Gospel of Matthew. There was the normal mixture of Fun, Games, Craft, Bible Stories and Songs, plus the chance to perform Drama and Song.
Click below for our on-site documentary report !