St Patrick’s, Jordanstown, held its popular Holiday Bible Club from August 10-14 August
St Patrick’s embarked on this outreach to primary school children for the first time last year, when the parish was assisted by New Wine.
Having learnt much from last year, St Patrick’s decided to run its own club with a team of approximately 15 leaders and helpers.
Using the Starship Discovery Holiday Club Resource, the ever popular space theme was used to explore five characteristics of one of Jesus’ closest friends – Peter, a fisherman and disciple. Each day the children looked at turning to Jesus, trusting Jesus, saying sorry to Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, and finally the willingness to be trained for the Christian journey ahead. The leaders used a mixture of songs, puppets, crafts, games and teaching to share the message each day.
The Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth, Curate in St Patrick’s, said: “Last year we were amazed at the enthusiasm of kids to engage and listen to stories of Jesus. We were therefore delighted this year when we had 90 children at our Bible Club. Unfortunately we had to turn some children and parents away as we had no more room, but it’s truly amazing at the interest that this outreach into the Jordanstown community has raised.
“Although there is lots of fun and energy in what we have done, the highlight and reason why this outreach is so important has been the number of children who during week have made a commitment to follow Jesus.”
As a follow-up to the Club, all families have been invited to come to St Patrick’s weekly, informal family worship, and it is hoped that all families will be visited before the end of the year.