Holiday Club is a fun-filled, crazy, young people loving, Gospel saturated, 5 day programme offered in many local communities for both churched and unchurched primary and high school age groups. The purpose is that every young person who attends would experience God’s love through the stories and activities, and know that they are loved, accepted, and of great value.
The holiday club writing team met in Cape Town from 26-28 August to start planning the 2020 material. It was an intense, but productive three days of sharing ideas on what we felt God wanted to say through next year’s material. It’s always amazing how the material comes together; no matter what ideas you come to the table with, God usually very quickly makes it quite clear what’s on His heart.
Last year it was clear He wanted to address the fact that children are never alone in what they’re going through: there are people who understand but most importantly, Jesus understands. The 2019 material covered topics such as who God says we are; that fact that others go through similar struggles to us; that Jesus meets us in our pain and is there for us; and that our community is an important source of support as well. The previous year, through “Wild World’, the focus was on key aspects of our faith, such as Bible reading and prayer.
This year, we felt the issue of social justice was pressing, and so the 2020 material will focus on understanding not only justice through God’s eyes, but how young people can be agents of change in their communities by standing up for others, crossing boundaries of difference and committing to acting justly. Primary school children are already beginning to understand what difference means, and are being confronted with issues of justice in their schools, homes and communities. With the issues facing our country and its youth, we feel that this topic is critical to start conversations about what it looks like to live justly in a world where people seem to only care about themselves. We use the example of Jesus often, using stories from the Bible to show how He stood up for justice and acted justly to those around Him. The material will also look at how we are transformed through knowing Jesus, which leads us to act and not just stand by. Young people will be encouraged to treat others the way God would treat them, teaching that all people are created equal and are valuable to God, despite their differences, and therefore we should treat them accordingly.
We cannot wait to see what God does through next year’s material!
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