Holiday Club

Holiday Club

Our Holiday Club programme for primary school children takes place every Summer during the School Holidays (details of our young adult programme, Team Teen, can be found here). While we’ve become one of the biggest holiday clubs in our area (and probably the loudest!), our aim remains simple: to communicate the love of God and Jesus in a fun and exciting way.

Over the last twelve years, we’ve grown in size (and noise) thanks to the fantastic support of our Kirk Session, Congregation and all the families of the children. And that’s not forgetting our amazing team of leaders who make it all possible.

Our Holiday Clubs are non-denominational and a church background is not a requirement – everyone is invited to join in the fun! All the info you need can be found below but please get in touch if you have any questions.

What we did last time: Backpackers!

In July 2019, over 120 children joined us for our biggest Holiday Club yet! It was an amazing week of noise, music, mess and mayhem as our teams “travelled” the world with our presenters Lost & Found. 

You can find all the pictures and videos on our Facebook page – look our for shopping trolleys, Vikings, messy forfeits and much more!

We also had another incredible demand for places, will Backpackers fully booked in just 15 minutes! And we received some lovely feedback from parents and children including:

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and everyone involved in the holiday club. This was my child’s first year and she has absolutely loved it!! 

I’ve been so impressed with everything you guys have done. It’s been very well organised, lots of fun things, educational as well as fun!

You should all be very proud of what you do! It’s a great asset to the community and my youngest can’t wait until she is able to come”

Here’s just some of the highlights from Backpackers:

Holiday Club 2020

It’s quite a while until our next Holiday Club but we like your enthusiasm! 

We know that some parents try to schedule breaks around the Holiday Club so we try to give us much notice as possible re dates/times. As such, Holiday Club 2020 will likely run from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July (10.15am to 12.45pm each day).

We’ll confirm dates in early 2020 but, as always, admission will be free (donations are welcome and will go towards the costs of crafts, materials and snacks for Holiday Club).  You can of course expect a week of crafts, games, stories, music, mess and mayhem… 😉

Our end of Holiday club celebration and BBQ event is scheduled for 26 July 2020. Our annual celebration event is always massively popular (and full of surprises!) so remember to bring your family and friends so they can find out more about what we’ve been doing. It’s nothing like a normal service (our presenters previous entrances have included water pistols, shopping trolleys and scooters!) so expect videos, music and more but most of all, expect the unexpected! And as always, it’ll be followed by our annual BBQ party (don’t worry if it rains, we have wet weather plans in place just in case!).

The important stuff
Bo’ness Old Kirk and The Church of Scotland understands the importance of ensuring the safety and well being of all children attending our events. Our leaders hold safeguarding accreditation with children supervised at all times throughout Holiday Club in accordance with the Church’s procedures for dealing with vulnerable groups. If you require any further information or would like to discuss this further then please contact our Safeguarding Co-Ordinators Karen Stewart and Alison McNeish.

All our Holiday Clubs are fully inclusive with children put into teams based on their age and school so that they are with other children that they may know. Please note that while we are happy to consider any requests to place certain children together, this is not always possible due to us ensuring appropriate child/leader ratios.
If your child has any additional requirements or learning needs then please let us know so that we can ensure they have the best experience possible. These should be provided to us in your child’s registration form but if you have any questions, or if anything changes, then please get in touch.

How do I book a place at Holiday Club?

We’ve continued to have an incredible demand for places over the years but smashed our record with Backpackers 2019 fully booked in just 15 minutes! So you need to be quick if you want a place!

We’ll announce our bookings date in early 2020 so keep checking here and our social media for the latest news. Once opened, booking your place is quick and easy via our online booking system. Please complete 1 form per child – confirmation emails will then be sent within 24/48 hours.

If you don’t get a place then don’t worry, we always try to make more spaces available where possible.

If your child is unable to attend Holiday Club then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate their place to someone on our waiting list. 

What will we be doing at Holiday Club?

We’re having a wee break before starting the planning for 2020 but, if you’ve been to Holiday Club at the Old Kirk before,  you’ll know that anything can happen! 

In general, our Holiday Club programme runs as follows:

Registration

Team Time: Taking place in their team’s dedicated area, some small craft activities.

Hall: All teams in Church Hall. Songs, videos and general mayhem!

Team Time: Team area. Including some time to learn about today’s bible story, our main craft activity and to participate in some games. Snacks and juice are provided (including fruit).

Hall: All teams in Church Hall. More songs, more noise, more mayhem!

Departure: Children will receive their daily newsletter and have the opportunity to take home any crafts etc before leaving.

Competitions!

We run daily competitions which are announced via our Holiday Club newsletter   – this is handed out each day upon departure and available online. Here’s a copy of our 2019 newsletter:

Monday Guidebook

There’s always BIG prizes to be won! But don’t worry if you don’t like dressing up or making crafty things, it’s just some added fun and you don’t need to take part if you don’t want to.

Giving a helping hand

During Holiday Club, children are invited to bring items for Storehouse (our local food bank) – the collection box is located in the registration area.  All items will be distributed to those in need in our community

Our rag bag collection point is also situated at the Registration Area. So if you have any clothes/shoes you’d like to get rid off then bring them to Church! (ragbag proceeds go towards Church funds).

But there’s more!

We update our Facebook page every day with all the latest pictures and videos from Holiday Club – so check it out!

Any questions?

Our Holiday Club information pack is available below:

If you have any queries or would like further information then please contact Diane.

 

Here’s just some of the things we’ve got up to over the past few years: