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Matt Lovell

Children at Holland Road

By Matt Lovell

I’m Matt and I have the privilege of overseeing all our children’s activities and communities at Holland Road.

Every week around 200 children, from ages 0-11, enjoy a whole range of activities with us.

Every Sunday the children meet as Discoverers, which are split into three different age groups:

Dinkys for ages 0-3 , Minis if you’re 3-5, and for the 5-11 year olds, there is Megas. These are packed full of fun, faith-building activities such as singing, dancing (if you can!), watching drama, playing games, doing craft and lots of discussion as the children are encouraged to learn more about the Bible and God’s good plan for their lives.

During the week we also run three communities for babies, toddlers and parents/carers. These are fun for both children and adults, and are a great place to make friends. Tadpoles runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 11.30am, with lots of great, educational toys plus a singing-time where the kids get to sing some of their favourite nursery rhymes. For the grown-ups there is always good coffee and glorious cake made by one of the mums!

Minnows play-cafe meets on a Wednesday afternoon from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. This is a place where we play, learn, and eat. We serve the cheapest paninis in town, so you can eat with the kids and play with lots of toys too! There is also a ‘Big Fun Time’, when we join together to listen a story, play a big game, learn something new and sing and jump!

Mums told us: “I love this group!”, “It’s brilliant!”

For older children there is The Hub. This is our Tuesday after-school club, from 4.30pm to 6pm, for children of primary school age. This is definitely not to be missed if you like hanging out with friends, playing games and doing an activity of your choice. These have recently included football and other sports, craft, dance, drama, book-group and cooking.

“My son was so excited about The Hub, he asked on Monday if he could go there today!” shared one happy parent.

We also have VIP time where we join our youth band to sing songs and listen to a faith-based story with a moral life lesson. We finish with a home-made healthy meal with pudding. All for just £1.50! We also have a bag of tuck for when the kids are being picked up and are on their way home.

If you want to get involved in any of these communities, please check out hrbc.org.uk/children for more details.

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