For five days at the end of July, the URC was filled with 144 children attending Ickenham Churches’ Holiday Club. The theme this year was ‘Showstoppers’, bringing five important messages about God’s Big Plan for us all.
The children were entertained by amazing story tellers each morning - presenting ‘Creation’, ‘David and Goliath’, ‘Daniel in the Lion’s Den’, ‘Christmas’ (yes, in July!) and ‘Heaven’. The messages were of God’s love for us, the promise of amazing things when we trust in Him, how He will be with us when we stand up for what is right like Daniel, how He came as Jesus to walk amongst us, and finally the promise of Eternal Glory with Him in Heaven. The children worked in their morning groups, went on outings (HOAC Climbing and Raft Building, Ice Skating, Snakes and Ladders, Quasar and Bowling), took part in beautiful craft sessions, played Games, Football, Netball, did Drama or Cooking – if you can think of it, it was probably on offer!
On Friday evening the children brought their parents to a display of all their work, and to take part in a Grand Finale in the Rectory Garden. The weather was kind to us, wherever our children went we received messages praising their behaviour, and donations were received for Holiday Club and our nominated charity CLIC Sargent.
A huge and wonderful team worked very hard to make all of this happen – Group Leaders and Helpers, Craft Leaders and Helpers, our energetic Young Helpers (the under 18s), and especially the Year 7 SAS (the Special Assistance Squad!) In the kitchen, volunteers kept us supplied with much needed squash, tea, coffee and biscuits, and in Jumbo Club, more volunteers provided fun for helpers’ children not yet old enough to attend Holiday Club itself. Before the week started a host of people had emptied lofts, moved furniture, and put up tents; at the end they did the reverse and soon Holiday Club was packed away for another year.
Having taken over from Anne Whitlam this year, the new team of co-ordinators (Gayle Metcalfe, Terry Blackman and me, Sarah Kershaw) now have an even higher level of appreciation for all her hard work, and that of everyone who helped and supported in any way. Our thanks to you all - Holiday Club just couldn’t happen without you!
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 20th September (then Monday 18th October). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.