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During the last school holidays South Wagga Anglican Church was transformed into the SWAC Hero Academy, with more than 50 children participating in our annual Holiday Kids Klub. More than 30 volunteers from our parish, and eight members of Dapto Anglican Church (from the Illawarra) joined together to offer the three-day program that connected with families, many of whom don’t normally attend our church. The children learned about Jesus, the true hero, who had the power to heal the sick, calm the storm and even conquered sin and death itself.

During each day of the holiday club we held a pop-up café to allow parents to connect and enjoy some time out. On the Sunday we turned our normal worship service into an all-in family service where the children were engaged through drama, memory verses and the story of the gospel. We finished off our Sunday celebrations with animal balloons, face painting, jumping castle and a BBQ.

This adventure is an important part of our parish vision to connect with children and families in ways that are meaningful to them. We want families to be able to see church as a joyful and Christ-centred community that provides everyone with a place to belong. And we want to ensure that there are clear pathways of connection for every age group to connect with Jesus and the church.

by The Reverend Scott Goode