The holiday club this year at St Nicholas was based on Scripture Union Backpackers. We travelled to different European countries each day, (France, Italy, Switzerland and the UK), and the children got their passports stamped. Each group was named after a missionary from one of the countries we visited. So we had the (Nicolas) Coccola Hostel, (John of) Montecorvino Hostel, (Erika) Sutter Hostel and (Jackie) Pullinger Hostel. We heard a bit about one of these missionaries each day.

On day one we arrived in France. Jemima (our tour guide) was late in arriving and her bloomers made an appearance! We learnt some French phrases, made wooden trains, and thought about the story of Palm Sunday. Day two saw us arrive in Italy. Jemima overslept today as she had been worried about getting lost in Rome and had stayed up late studying the map as she did not want to miss the restaurant meal that evening. We learnt to count up to 5 in Italian and made pizzas. The story today was about the last supper. Switzerland was our next destination, Jemima was anxious about learning to ski so wrapped herself up really well in ski clothes in case she fell. We heard how Jesus was anxious about what lay ahead as he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. The children created mountain collage pictures and did painting. We then arrived back in the UK for a celebration in the park. Unfortunately Francesco our tour rep was unable to be with us today as he and Jemima had been involved in an accident the previous evening. It was thought that Jemima would be unable to make it too. At the last moment however Jemima appeared to join in the trip to Hyde Park. We thought about Jesus' death and resurrection, and what it means for us today. The craft today was Cross themed.

Each day there were also games sessions. The water based ones were very popular on the hot days! Peggy Tents joined us and read out jokes that the children had written on postcards. And there were leaders' challenges. Children decorated T-shirts and there was a chance to reflect and pray in the Youth Hostel prayer room. Each group made a 3D scene/model depicting their country.

We also enjoyed praising God by singing our holiday club songs - this included some great air guitar action! On the Saturday afternoon we invited holiday club families and others from the community to join us for a barbeque, face painting, circus skills and giant bubble blowing. This event was free to all who came thanks to a CYP grant from the diocese. This afternoon was a great success and was an opportunity to get to know one another better while having fun and eating food!

Thanks to all who were involved in making the holiday club and the family afternoon happen, it was a great few days and we pray that families have been blessed through it.