More than 50 primary-aged children heard about Jesus at an action-packed school holiday club at St Peter’s Weston in July.
The ‘Out of this World’-themed holiday club was a joint initiative of St Peter’s and Scripture Union ACT and ran across two full days, featuring games, craft, cooking, sports, science, a campfire and engaging gospel talks.
Children came from across the ACT to attend the SUPA Holiday Club, including many who had no previous contact with the Bible. All children received a book of Bible stories to take home.
St Peter’s Rector, the Reverend Nick Colyer, co-directed the camp with Scripture Union’s Kristina Delbridge and said the partnership worked well.
‘It has been many years since St Peter’s hosted a children’s event this size and the partnership with Scripture Union was essential to making it a success,’ he said.
Scripture Union handled the registrations and advertising for the event, which was fully booked with a waiting list.
Reverend Colyer said it was heartening to see the demand in the community for such an initiative. ‘Several parents told me they had fond memories of going to church holiday clubs when they were kids even though they no longer attend,’ he said. ‘We’re praying that God would keep working in the lives of these families.’
The event was also an encouraging time for volunteers, including several high-school aged leaders who had recently attended Scripture Union’s leadership development camp, LEAD.
Reverend Colyer, who arrived in Canberra to take up the role of Rector during last year’s COVID-lockdown, said it was exciting to see the church in action.
‘It was a huge amount of work, but I think it was really beneficial for us as a church to serve alongside one another and see the kids’ enthusiasm,’ he said.