5 reasons your church should run a holiday club
Anyone who has ever been involved in organising and running a church holiday club will tell you they are an enormous amount of work and will leave you in need of a spa day or five, if not a two- week vacation in the Maldives. But here are five reasons they are worth the effort:
- You will establish relationships with people in your community
Many parents who don’t go to church will happily send their children to a church holiday club. They might be simply taking advantage of some high quality, cheap childcare, but they will soon be drawn in by the warmth of the welcome and intrigued by the number of people willing to give up their time to help. You never know what fruit may grow from these positive impressions of church.
- The vast majority of Christians made a decision to follow Christ as children
According to the Barna Group, 94% of adult Christians came to faith before they were 18. Church holiday clubs are a massive mission opportunity and may well be life-changers for the children who attend.
- You will have more fun than you could ever imagine
Hanging out with a bunch of children having the time of their lives is the best way to lift your spirits. Holiday clubs are high energy, joyful and noisy occasions and guaranteed to take you out of your head and remind you how to play.
- There are a lot of resources to help
Running a holiday club might seem a bit scary and intimidating, especially if you have never been involved in one before. But there is no need to panic: help is at hand! Visit cpo.org.uk/holidayclubs for everything you need.
- Running a holiday club together brings people closer
There is nothing like working on a team together to create a sense of community. Your church will feel more like a family after you host a holiday club than it did before – or your money back! (NB – that is not an actual money back guarantee, but a poor attempt at humour).
These are five reasons, but there are many more. Do let us know how you get on – we’d love to hear your stories.