The theme of this year’s holiday club was Rocky’s Plaice. The holiday club was set in a fish and chip restaurant that also happened to be the meeting place of the early church. The restaurant was named after Jesus’ friend Peter who became known to his friends as Rocky after Jesus told them that on this rock, Peter, I will build my church!
During the week we explored the stories of how God established the first ever churches and the life of the church today. We did this through craft, stories, drama and testimonies. It was great to have Peter and some of his friends come each day to explain the stories behind the objects we found in our treasure chest. Things like the boomerang that reminded us that Jesus is coming back and the torch that reminded us of the gift of the Holy Spirit to fill us with power. Kaptain Ketchup kept us up to date with the latest news and the Spring Rollers led our vigorous warm up sessions and our action songs. We were even visited by the Deep Fat Friar; a monk who had a troublesome dog!
We finished off the week with a family barbeque and celebration service. The weather stayed sunny as we had prayed for good weather the day before! All of the children brought their families to enjoy hundreds of beef burgers and hot dogs in the evening sunshine before we went into the hall for our final session of Rocky’s Plaice.
There were many highlights of the week, not least of all Jake in his various coloured wigs! But the one thing that remains for me is the day I asked the children the question, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” I was unprepared for the mature, thoughtful answers the children gave! It seems they have a knowledge of the Christian faith that would put most adults to shame.
Once again thanks is due to the amazing team of people we have at Marshside without whom none of these things would be possible. It is only through your continued support, dedication, passion and hard work that these children have learnt anything about the love of God found in Jesus.
Thank you and God bless you and next year’s theme…..Mission Rescue!