Scotland’s Biggest Holiday Club
With COVID-19 causing all Easter and Summer SU Missions to be cancelled this year, there was great disappointment that we could not support and partner with the planned 35+ groups of churches across Scotland in gathering children to Missions and Holiday Clubs.
That was until a small group of SU staff and a Mission Team Leaders were drawn together to dream and prayerfully consider what an online Holiday Club could look like.
If there was ever a year to re-imagine what a Holiday Club could look like, 2020 was it!
What aspects of Holiday Clubs could be developed that would work in an online environment?
Two members of the team started 25 May, another two joined 8 June.
Launch date 29 June! Gulp!
We were delighted that our colleagues at SU England and Wales were happy for us to turn Wonder Zone into an online Holiday Club resource; the dream was big – 5 videos launching over 5 weeks! Along with 5 Zoom groups exploring the 5 themes, with downloadable resources for churches and families.
Exploring the wonders of the world and helping children discover how the God behind all of it wants to get to know them; we explored Solomon’s desire to be wise, three psalms to see what they tell us about God, Jesus bringing sight to a blind man and light to the world, and the lost son who is welcomed home by his father.
We were amazed that over 100 churches registered to use the resource and delighted that SU England and Wales have now launched the material as England and Wales’ Biggest Holiday Club. We are currently assessing how churches have used the resource.
Over 120 children were registered to the Zoom calls we ran ourselves, with 64 children engaging in these. Again, we are assessing how families and children engaged.
We remain grateful to God for creativity and the technology to create Scotland’s Biggest Holiday Club.