A Lionheart holiday club is a five-day event for children, held in a church. Each day there is a fast moving, entertaining two-hour programme, designed for children to enjoy themselves as they learn the truth about God and about themselves. OM’s Kids ‘n’ Things children’s ministry team works in partnership with the church members to run the club. A Lionheart holiday club can be a useful event to bring in children from the community who do not usually attend church. Our aim is then to channel these children into the ongoing children’s work of the church. Although some children may become Christians during the holiday club it is often during the ongoing contact with Christians that children make a commitment. A Lionheart club is suitable for all primary school age children (4-11 years old). Some churches run a family service at the end of the week, which the children and their families are invited to.
Each day in the club begins with craft activities. We then play parachute games with the children. After this the main up-front programme takes place. This lasts about an hour and follows the adventures of Lionheart, our main puppet character. As Lionheart goes on his adventures the children learn along with him. Each day has a spiritual theme, and all the items in the programme that day reflect different aspects of that theme. The up-front programme includes puppets, drama, mime, conjuring, action songs and so on, leading up to the Bible story of the day. Each day's theme links to the next. At the end of each day the children do a "fun sheet" to help them review and respond to what they have learned.
During the holiday club itself you will be involved in various parts of the programme. This will include elements such as:
• helping with craft activities
• participating in games
• using puppets to perform songs and stories
• demonstrating and performing action songs
• teaching Bible verses

There is also the possibility of further involvement in the up-front programme, such as telling Bible stories, if you are capable and confident in doing so.

Your time with us will begin with two days of training and rehearsal, learning the holiday club programme. We will then spend the next three weeks running holiday clubs Monday to Friday with three different churches in different areas of the UK. You will also participate in family services on Sundays with some of these churches.
Dates Wednesday, 17 July – Monday, 12 August 2019
Application Deadline Friday, 07 June 2019
Cost £600
Ages 18+
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

Participant Profile

Experience of working with children, especially in a church context, would be useful but not essential. The main requirements are the ability to relate to children and a desire to help them discover God. You do not need to have used puppets before, as training will be given. You do need to have enough physical mobility to kneel behind a puppet stage, carry some light equipment and take part in lively action songs. 

OM UK is committed to safeguarding all those we work with, and you will be required to provide the relevant documentation during the application process.

Accommodation

Most of the churches we will be working with are within one hour’s drive of our training centre in Halesowen, near Birmingham, in which case you will live at the centre and we will travel to and from the club each day. If a church is further away, they will provide accommodation. All three holiday clubs are in the mornings, so generally you will have some free time in the late afternoons and evenings. You will have a full day off on Saturdays. Married couples are welcome at this option, but may be required to sleep separately. 

Food

Food will be provided at the church and you will have the opportunity to help with the international cooking.  We need to know in advance of any special dietary needs (vegetarian, dairy-free, food allergies, gluten free, etc.) 

Travel:

The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX). You will then take the train to Old Hill Train Station. Arrival is before 3:00pm on 17th July, 2019. You can arrive anytime in the morning or before 3:00pm. Departure is on 12th August, 2019.

Health

You should be in average good health and have sufficient physical mobility to perform in children’s programmes and carry staging and equipment. You are responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance. If you think this requirement rules you out, talk to us and we will see what adjustments we may be able to make for you. 

Notes

Applicants must be 18 or over.

Price excludes travel to and from the outreach.

As part of our Safeguarding policy, you require a valid enhanced DBS certificate which will cost an additional £20.

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