Surely the greatest challenge of our recent Holiday Club is choosing a single highlight to expand upon. We welcomed 27 bright and wonderful children, enjoyed loads of lovely chats with grateful parents, and witnessed about 20 from our congregation serving the Lord for a full exhausting week. We delighted in Tim showing off his thespian talents, ate plenty of delectable homemade cakes, and endured sore cheeks from all the laughs each day. Amid Holy Week we shared the Good News with children and with each other, finishing each day with full and joyful hearts.

There were unforgettable individual moments, too. One P4, when asked what he prays for, proclaimed that he prayed for

  1. the homeless,
  2. endangered animals,
  3. thanks for the NHS,
  4. that people would sleep well.

One wee man who usually struggles to fully engage with us at a weekly Stockbridge SU Club vividly came to life, his demeanour full of smiles and laughter.

We witnessed the fruits of children clearly paying close attention to the message. One child told us how she was thankful that God gives us the Holy Spirit. After hearing of the Good Samaritan, one child told us he was very keen to be a good neighbour so he would share all his craft supplies. More than one child, after hearing about “fishing for people” would proclaim they were doing just that by inviting their siblings and parents to our outreach night.

If I had to choose one thing to expand upon, I must share how moved I was by three of our SSCB teenagers. They served every day of the club with eager and joyful attitudes, without hesitation and without showing signs of slowing down. They never complained about the myriad of tasks we gave them and never lost their patience with the children. They were truly inspirational.

There was one afternoon that stood out head and shoulders above a remarkable week of service. In a debriefing meeting, they spontaneously offered to assist a summer holiday club (4-6 July) run by one of our neighbouring churches – Bristo Baptist.

Their willingness to take the message that they have received from others and share it with younger ones reminded me of when Paul encouraged Timothy: “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” They were a key part of the work of training up the next generation of good-news sharers.

After most of the adults had left for the afternoon, those teenagers were still there finishing up one last task – hiding over 300 solid chocolate Easter eggs in the Church Sanctuary for the evening hunt. The Session Clerk and I popped in to witness them having more fun than is often had in a Sanctuary – they were certainly hiding some in a meticulous fashion, but some others were being hidden with a more… *aerial* method of placement.

It was an amusing moment. We all stopped and grinned to each other. But more importantly, they noticed that their methods weren’t criticised but rather their joyous service happily commended. I can’t think of a better way to encapsulate a Holiday Club – serving the Lord together, praising his name to all, and having a whole lot of fun in the process.

[from Kenny McCartney, Youth Pastor]

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