For the first time, the Leigh group of churches in the Worcestershire West Rural Team have run a holiday club for local children. Following the success of Messy Church, they decided to hold the club over a week of the summer holidays in Rushwick village hall, promoting it to children at Rushwick CE Primary School.

Craft at holiday clubThe club was the initiative of the Vicar, Anne Potter, with Messy Church Leader Sarby Turnbull taking the lead in organising the week, which was then planned as a team. They also had help from their Calling Young Disciples Mission Enabler, Clare Crew. Clare said: “Messy Church was started in the parish at the start of the school year and it seemed like a natural progression to try a holiday club. It was run from 9am – midday for four days and then on Wednesday we had an afternoon session starting with a barbeque.”

cooking at the holiday clubMembers of the organising team planned a day each on a fun and friendship theme, with Sarby leading on Monday, Clare on Tuesday, Meg, Beth and two young leaders on Wednesday, Revd Anne leading Thursday and Claire Jaggers taking the lead on Friday. Although each day ran slightly differently, it generally started with a story, then there were crafts, a cooking activity, snacks and games. The group used using stories about characters in the Old Testament, everyday life, and Jesus and his disciples with each session ending with some prayer and group singing. Alongside the club there was also a stay and play facility for under 5s.

Circus skills at the holiday club“The team worked well together and we have been really pleased with how it went,” continued Clare. “Three of the children who came had previously been to Messy Church, but the others were completely new to church. We also made a link with our relatively new choir at Leigh Church and one of the children has enquired about joining in September. It was particularly useful to be able to borrow resources from the Children and Youth team at the diocesan office – we used their Godly play materials and the circus skills equipment. Everyone was really encouraged by how it went and we’re now thinking about what we might do in the future.”