This year, we went ‘Under the Sea’ for our 2023 Holiday Club for children in Reception – Year 6. We had over 80 children in attendance. It was a super week of crazy crafts with Melinda Stylo and the ‘crafty coral reef’ team, silly games with Harry Thrift and his team, and brilliantly led music with ‘A-sea D-sea’, the ‘underwater rock band’ led by James Ainscough and John Croft. It was a really great week, and everyone was very enthusiastic and excited to be there. It helped having a life-size model of a yellow submarine, expertly built by Jon Harris.

A highlight of the week were the talks from James Dancer, Minister in Training at Windsor Fellowship Church. James taught us brilliantly from John’s gospel, and from Revelation, showing us how Jesus is the Word, and he became flesh and lived with his people. We then heard that he died and rose again, he ascended into heaven, and we are now waiting for him to come back again!

Revelation 21:4-5 says:

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”’

To go along with this, we sang this very catchy song from Awesome Cutlery, which wonderfully expresses how much we have to look forward to as Christians:

Very sadly I wasn’t able to attend Holiday Club on Thursday and Friday as I became ill. While I was hugely disappointed that I couldn’t be there, it was incredible to feel so supported by this wonderful church family. Almost 95 volunteers were involved in some way with Holiday Club, and I am so very thankful for all of them. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul quotes the Lord Jesus saying ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ How wonderful that the Lord is powerfully at work, even when we are so weak.

Thank you everyone, see you all next year at Holiday Club 2024!