By the time most of you receive this newsletter, Friday Clubs will have broken up for the summer, it will be the day of our very special confirmation service (please come to St John’s at 6pm), there’ll be a week of term left for those of us involved with schools and, the world cup (sob sob!) and Wimbledon men’s finals will be about to be played.  All of which means, it’s around 8 days until one of our most exciting weeks of outreach to    children and families during the year…Holiday Club!

Search & Rescue is the title and everything the children hear, learn about and make will be based around the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son, as well as the stories of Zacchaeus and the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet - all of which are in Luke’s gospel.

Each day, the Bible story forms the basis of the up-front time, where     everyone watches, listens to and takes part in the story as well as songs, quizzes, puppet shows, memory verses and sketches that reinforce the story and teach what it means.  This continues as the children go into their groups and spend time completing puzzles, activities and challenges.

During our activity time this year, there will be lots of fun-filled search and rescue activities for the children to do in different locations around the churchyard and vicarage garden.

At the end of the week, 5 of our young people will be going off to Hope Valley camp for a week of fun, fellowship, worship and Bible teaching in Derbyshire.  It is a wonderful opportunity for these youngsters to explore and deepen their own faith whilst mixing with and learning from others that share the same beliefs.

Please pray that the children that visit us during Holiday Club week, and our own youngsters going off to camp will be

· really open to hearing from God’s word and thinking about what it can mean for them, wherever they are in their faith journey

· encouraged by meeting up with other Christians

Our Holiday Club memory verse says:

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19v10) 

Let’s pray that many children and young people are sought and saved as a result of these and other outreach events for children and young people over the  summer.                                                                                  Hannah