100 Steps to a Thriving Holiday Club

It’s a wonderful feeling to see churches filled with children having fun and discovering great things about God.  Holiday clubs are extremely rewarding, seeing the joy on the children’s faces and knowing there will be things they take from the event that they will treasure in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

What about your church?  Have you ever run a holiday club in the past and would like to re-launch one this year?  Maybe it’s totally new to you, you would be interested in considering the idea of running a holiday club, but unsure as to how to go about it.  Or perhaps you would just appreciate some guidance to get you going.  Here is how Thrive can help.

If you would like to run a holiday club and would value help to steer you in the right direction, then Thrive could have the solution you are looking for.  We would be delighted to work with you.  We are looking for a church to pilot our new holiday club material, “100 steps to a thriving holiday club.”

 

Why run a holiday club?

The number of children attending a church service is in the decline.  Scripture Union have statistics that show 95% of children and young people today in England and Wales are not in church.  We want to turn that around.  Holiday clubs are a great starting point for introducing children and families back into the church setting.  It’s a fantastic outreach opportunity that could be the stepping stones to help build your church.

 

How does ‘100 steps to a thriving holiday club’ work?

The material is to help churches put together a successful holiday club, with a step by step guide to help you with every aspect, from the initial planning and setting a date for the club to take place, deciding on a theme and leading you right through to the ‘what happens afterwards’ stage.

We believe this material will help churches be able to run a holiday club with ease, even if they haven’t put on an event like this before.

Thrive is looking to trial this to find out what works well and to discover what areas may need developing.

The benefits of your church partnering with us is that we will work through the whole process with you, build up your team of volunteers to enable your church to run a successful holiday club.

 

What’s needed?

  • Your church leadership team need to be in agreement and supportive to the holiday club taking place. (If they are able to be involved practically that’s even better!)
  • You would need to find a bunch of people willing to be involved (including young people if possible) who would be able to serve during the holiday club.
  • You would also need to find a core team of leaders that would be involved in the planning stages.
  • Access to a venue to hold the holiday club in is also key.

 

If you have these things and are committed to working alongside Thrive as we guide you through the process, we will take charge of the rest and lead you through as you plan and prepare for the holiday club.

 

Cost

Costs for the day to day running of the club, e.g. Hire of premises (if required), advertising, craft materials etc. will need to be covered by the church.  Thrive will provide the 100 steps guide free of charge, but we would ask a participating church to make a donation towards the ongoing work of Thrive.

 

What next?

If you are interested in piloting our holiday club resource, the first step is to meet and talk through the process and answer any questions you may have.  Once the church agrees to the project, we can start the ball rolling and begin to work with you in preparing for your thriving holiday club!

 

If you would like to know more – please contact Fiona using our contact information.