It was really great to be able to run a holiday club again after not having one last year, even though it was only for 3 days and we had a fewer number of children.

It was based on the WONDER ZONE holiday club written by Scripture Union and was science based. Each group was named after a scientist and created parts of a rainbow that were put together at the end of the week and which is now hanging in St Nicholas over the hatch to the kitchen. 

On Tuesday the theme was the Fun of Discovery. We heard the story of Solomon asking God for Wisdom. The Chief Scientist made a volcano erupt, the children had fun making film canisters explode, painting volcanoes and doing a discovery trail around the grounds.

On Wednesday the theme was the Colours of the Rainbow and we thought about the importance of light. We discovered what happens when a Jelly Baby is put into Potassium Chlorate (a bright light and lots of smoke!). We heard the story of Jesus healing a man born blind and thought about our memory verse - Jesus said "I am the light of the world" John 8:12 The children decorated T-shirts, had fun creating giant bubbles and doing experiments using colours.

On Thursday the theme was the possibilities of robots and we found out that robots only do what they are programmed but that we can make choices. We heard the story of the Prodigal Son. The children made their own robot clocks, and had fun making circuits and programming toy robots.

We had a special Holiday Club Sunday service when we reflected back on the things that we had learnt over the past few days, sang some of the holiday club songs and listened to a scientist explain how his work and Christian faith go together.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the WONDER ZONE holiday club such a great success.

Diane Stiff    Photos by Roger Allard and Irene Dancer

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