Church holiday club helps keep children off streets
THE annual holiday club programme presented by the Bethany Emmanuel Baptist Church in King William’s Town has become a huge attraction for children of all ages from various areas in and around town.
The holiday club’s aim is to keep children busy and away from social ills such as drugs and alcohol abuse, and to teach them important life skills.
The club is an important project during the holidays, given the high incidence of the above-mentioned social ills in the area .
The programme kicked off in the first week of the July school holidays, and when the GO! reporter visited on the first day, there were already 140 excited children interacting with each other.
Church youth worker Caylee Good said the amazing thing about the holiday club was that 50 people ran and organised the week’s programme.
“From leading a grade of children to teaching, dancing and acting, they do it all,” Good said.
“They are not only giving up their time and energy but they [holiday club leaders] also contribute a small fee in order to sign up as leaders.”
Good said this year’s theme is “Deeper” and through dancing, singing, games, story-telling and crafts, children are taught about their deeper identity, the deeper truth, a deeper love, deeper peace – and tomorrow they will learn about a deeper mission.
She said as the youth worker she was working with the youth throughout the year, running a programme for them on Friday nights and overseeing them through the week.
“During this week of holiday club, I watch the teens use their talents to serve God by loving and entertaining the children who come to holiday club,” Good said.
“It is truly phenomenal to see them go from being scared stiff of children at the beginning of the week to being totally comfortable with them by the end of the week.“
One of the teenagers who is leading a group of about 20 Grade R and Grade 1s, Kukhanya Bata, said that the holiday club was a new experience for her.
“This is my first year as a leader. I didn’t know before the holiday club that I could work with children and I just love what I’m doing here,” Bata said.
“I have learned valuable information, something that will always stay with me and this is thanks to awesome people in this church.”
It was evident that every person involved in this year’s holiday club looked forward to July next year when they will once again have the privilege of impacting the children of King William’s Town.