From Monday 27th – Friday 31st May we took 15 children in Years 5 and 6, and 8 adults, to Adventure Plus in Clanfield for our annual Explorers’ Time Away!

This year’s theme was “Race Across the World.” The children were split into three teams, the Powerful Pilots, the Speedy Sailors, and the Hasty Hikers.

We heard from Acts 16 -17 about Paul’s journey around the world, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We saw how people respond to the gospel in different ways, and considered how we should respond to it.

As we saw in Acts 17, ‘the Berean Jews received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.’ (Acts 17:11) We were challenged to look for ourselves to see what we believe about Jesus. Do we trust in him as the Son of God who can give us eternal life, or do we leave him for idols?

We enjoyed lots of different activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, crafts, a trip to the zoo, and even a talent show! We enjoyed seeing many different talents, for example Andre gargling water to our favourite action songs, Sophia’s scary poetry recital, and a big group limbo line.

Here are some things that Layla, one of our Explorers, enjoyed about the week:

“The things I enjoyed on the week away were rock climbing, eating lunch in the 100ft tower and all of the mealtimes! I learned about the earthquake when Paul and Silas were in prison, and Lydia when she didn’t know about Jesus and Paul told her and she got baptised. Overall, I really enjoyed myself and didn’t want to leave, you get to learn so much and have so many fun experiences – I’d really recommend it!”

I am hugely thankful to all the leaders who came and made the week possible, and very thankful to the kids and parents who attended. It was such a fun week and a huge encouragement to see the kids learning about Jesus and asking great questions!