I am writing this as we head into Easter. I love Easter as it shows us just how much God loves us. God has a massive heart for children and we want them to know the message of Easter.
We hope to share this during our annual Holiday Club, which have been running for just over a decade and this year the theme is a ‘Boot Camp’. The church hall has been transformed into a jungle and we will be cadets in training, being put through our paces with all sorts of fun and crazy activities, looking at how Jesus followed His Father in Heaven.
This club is for primary school aged children and runs from 16th to 18th April, 10am – 12pm.
We also have our Easter Eggstravaganza for preschool children and their families, on Saturday 19th April, 10am – 12pm. This will have activities for both parents and children to enjoy, and include an Easter egg hunt!
And during the week…
We aim to make Holland Road a place where children and families love to come, and every week over 200 children come and enjoy one of our activities. We currently run 4 midweek groups for children, with 3 groups on a Sunday morning.
We start the week with Tadpoles, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9.30am-11.30am. This is a preschool group for mums, dads, toddlers and babies to enjoy a host of fun activities. These include crafts, singing time and free play.
Minnows Play-Cafe is on a Wednesday afternoon and is also for preschool children, running from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. We offer a light lunch menu for adults and children, we learn and explore new things together and ensure that the children have great fun playing. We also get the children singing their favourite songs in our Big Fun Time.
The other midweek club is for primary school children and is called The Hub. This runs from 4.30pm to 6pm, and includes a healthy cooked meal. The Hub is action-packed and full of activities, which have previously included art, sports and games, cookery, dance, drama, and electronics. We have a VIP time where we sing with our youth band and have a moral faith lesson from the Bible. Recently a dad spoke to me at the end of the Hub, commenting that he was overwhelmed by all the things we are doing for his daughter and the children in the community. He said,
“‘Tuesday nights are brilliant, and a great environment for kids to be encouraged!’
On a Sunday the fun and faith-building time continues as we run Discoverers. These age-related activities are attended by 60-70 children. This is great fun and we hope that the children love church, make lasting friendships and be all God has made them to be.
More information on all our children’s clubs can be found at hrbc.org.uk/children, or you can speak to someone at the Connections Point after our Sunday services.
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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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Building on the past success of the Hive we are launching the Hub on Tuesday 10th September 2013.
The Hub is our new mid-week children’s club for children of primary school age, on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6.30pm (during term time). It will be the place to be for children from the community and church to come and have fun, make friends and enjoy great activities.
The obvious change from the Hive is that the Hub has an earlier start and finish time to help connect with younger children and school finishing times. We have also changed the format to start with age-specific games and a chill-out area for the older children. The children will then get to choose from one of three creative activities including cooking, craft, making things, drama, dance, sports, games and other fun skills. We will then have a ‘VIP’ (Very Important Part) time where we get to learn a life lesson from the Bible and sing songs with our live youth band.
We will finish with a freshly cooked meal together, which will feature competitions and a topic to get us all talking! We are passionate about making it a lot of fun and creating a safe and caring environment to help encourage the children to make friends and thrive. We are looking forward to this new beginning and hope you will be part of it.
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I am writing to tell you that in September we are re-launching our children’s work with some very exciting changes. Holland Road is blessed with a great number of children, with around 65 children aged 0-11 coming to church every Sunday morning. They are a fantastic bunch made up of babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, infants and juniors.
Favourite part of the week
We hope to invest in them so they can grow up to be all God wants them to be. We aim to make church their favourite part of the week, where they can encounter God and grow in faith as they follow Him. We hope that the children feel a part of the church and make lasting friendships with each other.
We are calling the overall ministry to children ‘Discoverers’ but breaking it down in to three main groups. Dinky Discoverers for 0-3 years, Mini Discoverers for 3-5 years, and Mega Discoverers for 5-11 years. These different groups will be a safe and caring environment with tailored age-related activities to help the children thrive and equip the children to live for God. They will include creative storytelling from the Bible, dramas, worship songs, craft, refreshments and a lot of fun too!
We will also have a ‘meet and greet’ team who will be on hand in the foyer to welcome and assist families. They will also give out registration forms, the children’s work safeguarding policy and the parent information booklet, which will have information on each of the specific groups. This team will also be available to show parents around before the service and help make them and the children feel at home.
Finally, if you’re a regular Holland-roader then I want to thank you for your support of the children’s ministry over the years and as we move forward into this exciting new chapter.
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