CHURCHES around East London are preparing to host hundreds of excited children at holiday clubs during the upcoming school vacation.
Parents are encouraged to drop their children at a variety of safe venues throughout our city for a week of learning about Jesus and to have fun with friends.
Church and school halls will be decked out to suit the various themes, where teams of leaders will welcome kids for full mornings of fun – at no cost.
Stirling Baptist, Gonubie Baptist, Everyday People and First City Baptist, will be hosting their clubs in the first week of school holidays from June 27 to July 1.
Cambridge Baptist and Beacon Baptist will host theirs one week later from July 4 to 8.
The popular “Cave Quest – Following Jesus the light of the world” theme takes place at Gonubie Baptist and Stirling Baptist clubs.
Stirling Baptist, pre-teen pastor Ian Paterson, said the clubs catering for children under Grade 2 have already been fully booked, but do have space to accommodate children between Grades 2 and 7, though pre-registration is essential. This can be done online at www.stirlingbaptist.com.
“We love the city and want to see young people meeting with Jesus and understand their identity in God. We want to see families with problems fixed. We would love to see more families connected to the church. Our themes for each of the days are that Jesus gives us hope, courage, direction, love and His power,” Paterson said.
Gonubie Baptist welcomes children from Grade R to 7 and while pre-registration is advisable, it is not essential. For further information contact Children’s pastor Liesel Step on 073-139-2746.
Registration can be done on the day, and you can contact Joe on 084-516-8089 for more information.
Everyday People, located on the West Bank, are hosting a “Mission Possible”-themed club based on the great commission to tell people about Jesus and share the gospel.
Pre-registration is essential and should be done as soon as possible – either on the church website or via e-mail to Children’s Worker Talitha Boyd on firstname.lastname@example.org
The club caters for Grades 1 to 7.
First City Baptist in Oxford Street welcomes Grade R to 7 with no pre-registration necessary.
Children’s pastor Paula Coetzer said the “Incrediworld” theme will focus on learning about God’s creation with much fun and activities.
For further information, contact the church on (043) 722-4741.
Cambridge Baptist will launch their Son Spark Labs holiday club in the second week of school holidays (July 4 to 8) and children are welcome to show up on the day without pre-registering.
For further information, parents can contact Grace Phago on 083-977-7687.
Vincent Methodist, Nahoon Methodist and St Nicholas Church, have joined with Scripture Union to host their Super Heroes-theme holiday club at Vincent Methodist Church during the second week of the holidays. Vincent Methodist youth pastor, Joe Taylor said: “We have been going for 20 years and have a lot of experience with holiday clubs. This is a chance for the children to get out of their parents’ hair and have fun hanging out with friends while also learning a lot”.
Beacon Baptist will also be running from July 4 to 8 with the Cave Quest theme also used at Stirling and Gonubie Baptist clubs.
Youth Pastor Warrick Jubber said pre-registration would be preferred, but is not essential and can be done online at www.beaconbaptist.co.za. Jubber said: “We are looking to share the most precious news in the world – the gospel. This is a safe space for parents to bring their children and we look after them as if they are our own. “We are also a smaller club, which means we can develop one-on-one relationships with the children,” he said.
With many options available in various locations throughout the city, there’s no excuse to have bored children sitting at home this school holiday.