Holiday Club report

Holiday Club report

Celebrating God’s creation of the world and us was the theme of our Animal Kingdom Holiday Club for primary school kids at Helensvale Campus in the recent school holidays.

With around 90 participants it was a full week of activities, games, craft, singing, dress-up, k-bars and sharing the good news of a God who made us, loves us and wants to be our friend. It is important to us in kid’s ministry at Crosslife that we are always working to remove any barriers that might stop kids connecting with Jesus. Thanks to the generosity of others, we were pleased to be able to offer reduced price or free tickets to a number of families who otherwise would have been unable to attend. We love providing a safe, fun, learning environment that ensures a great time for kids of all backgrounds. It was particularly exciting to see 12 children express an interest in taking the ‘Big Step’ of accepting, trusting and following Jesus.

Our team of well over 40 volunteer leaders, rego team, first-aiders, presenters and tech crew were very well led this year by Emma Knott and Sam Herring. The team was notable for the large number of junior leaders many of whom are past holiday club regulars but have not had other contact with Crosslife. It has been exciting to see them connect with our regular crew and show an interest in connecting with other activities like Youth and The Journey. It was also exciting to see past team members stepping up and showing growth in maturity, responsibility and then supporting and passing on their skills and experience to the newer team members.

We were pleased to welcome a delegation of youth leaders from Lifehouse church to observe and contribute on the first day of holiday club and were encouraged by their comments and observations recognising the investment in young leaders and the ‘multi-generational’ nature of leadership and discipling that is on clear display at holiday club. It was great to have the Quiz Worx team come and perform a very entertaining show which shared the good news about Jesus to us all. We were also encouraged by the comments of support from many of the parents, particularly those of older kids who are keen to come back as leaders next year. As a result of the swelling numbers of junior leaders over the past couple of years we are looking at the possibility of introducing a ‘Leaders- In -Training’ component to next year’s holiday club.

It was a great privilege to be able to share our holiday club experience with the wider church on Sunday morning. To see our youth leading our church family in worship, teaching and fellowship was exciting and is indicative of the growing base of discipleship and leadership at Crosslife going forward.

Our First Quarter ministry teams across Crosslife are looking forward to further opportunities to serve, support and release our young leaders. Already plans are being put in place for next year’ holiday club. There have also been some calls for the Goal! (sports-based) and Intense! (creative arts-based) holiday clubs to be revived in the other school holiday breaks. The First Quarter team is very open to this possibility but recognises the need to spread the load especially among the senior leadership to other teams and not expect them to cover all bases. If you have passion or ability in sports, music, performance which you would be willing to share with the youth and children of Crosslife and our surrounding communities, or if you’d like to be support or be involved with our holiday club programs in any other way please contact Dean Herring.

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