As the schools break up the churches will be opening up for some of their busiest weeks with a host of holiday clubs running and more than 2,200 children expected to attend.
Around 30 Church of England churches across Nottinghamshire will be running holiday clubs this summer, offering a whole range of activities and events for children.
Children’s Ministry Adviser, Nick Harding said the clubs would involve some 500 adult and teenage volunteer helpers, “I think it is great that so many churches and their people are willing to give up their time and energy to work with children and serve their communities in this way. The church remains at the centre of life throughout the city and county, and is a key provider of activities for children and young people. I know thousands of children will have great fun and learn loads too this summer!”
Nick explained that the aim of the clubs is to provide activities for children during the holidays, and share Bible stories and the Christian faith in a fun way. The busiest week for clubs will be from 25th to 29th July, with many churches running clubs each morning which will include music, games, activities, crafts, story-telling and drama.
Many of the churches also provide opportunities for parents and carers to hear about what has been happening through presentations and special Sunday services.
Nick Harding will be travelling round to visit nearly all of the clubs to take a signed certificate and fair trade biscuits for the teams, to encourage the volunteers who are involved in a range of activities from registration to music, group leading, refreshments, and security.