‘Chattabox’ Holiday Club
For over 10 years Horton Bank Methodist Church has been running an annual holiday club for three mornings during the first week of the school holidays. The first one was called ‘Chattabox’ and we have kept this name ever since. During the session every time the leader says ‘Chattabox’ the children repeat it sometimes very loudly.
Most of the material we use is produced by Scripture Union and over the years has included themes of space, spies, sport, circus, seaside, recycling. The holiday club is for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and is open to all although we do have a limit of 40 children.
The mornings involve working in groups, singing (there is usually a theme song to learn), crafts, keep fit session, games, quizzes, stories with a religious message and in the past we have included drama and had puppet shows and of course always refreshments.
In the last 3 to 4 years we have introduced additional one off sessions in the October half terms and at Easter and this year extended the programme to include a session in the February half term. On each occasion we choose a religious theme.
Our last session was held on Good Friday and we took the children into church and talked through the last week of Jesus life from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with the children. We made chick egg holders for chocolate eggs, Easter cards, coloured hard boiled eggs, decorated crosses as well as games and songs.
Our aim is to bring the bible stories to life for the children and teach them the good news of Jesus Christ. We have children who attend churches, church schools, children of different faiths and those who never enter a church.We charge £1 per session which lasts 21/2 hours but receive additional funding from our own church and the Wibsey Wesleyan Resource Chapel Trust.