We work with children aged 5 – 11 years and our work is largely based on the traditional ‘Sunday School’ format, although updated by making full use of the latest technology to deliver an exciting programme of fun activities, largely based on Bible stories and incorporating games, quizzes, song and craft work.
Our aim is to reach out to those with special needs or facing rural isolation where we plan to encourage social interaction, friendship, guidance, education and support. Our research suggests a need for this type of work, particularly in the rural areas where children otherwise, might not benefit from community activities.
Ruth Glover, our Children’s Work manager is assisted by a session worker and many volunteers and our work is currently divided into 3 main disciplines:
We currently run kids clubs during term time in 6 local primary schools including in the town of Woodbridge and the surrounding villages of Wickham Market, Orford, Bawdsey and Sandlings. These clubs are carried out during lunch breaks or after school in the local primary schools or in village/church halls. Attendances normally range between 10 and 30.
Our holiday clubs are based on a similar format to the kids clubs but on a much larger scale with attendances of 50 – 60 children. These holiday clubs incorporate learning songs, puppets, drama, games, crafts and quizzes and are often supplemented by parents being invited to a celebration event where guest performers provide related entertainment.
Ruth and her team regularly visit nine different local primary schools to help with assemblies by providing songs and Bible based stories, linked with puppetry on some occasions. We also provide sports coaching at two local schools.