During the Summer holidays Landlubbers again docked port in Ottery St Mary. Everyday around 32 children came together for the holiday club where we had lots of fun, stories, games, songs, crafts and pirate mayhem. The crew was made up from people from the various churches in Ottery St Mary. Our stories focused on the ups and downs of David. We looked at the highs in his life when he was chosen to be King and when he defeated Goliath but also the lows when he was running away from King Saul and from the Philistines. On the Wednesday we looked at Psalm 23 and how the Lord is our Shepherd through the highs and the lows. The children in their various table activities made Pirate masks, Pirate book marks, Pirate hats but also, they had fun with freeze frame Drama and making Shepherd Posters. Two of the things the children looked forward to, and not necessarily the leaders, were the Leaders challenge and, appearing for the first time, the ‘Compass of Doom’. The former involved the children going up against leaders in various tasks such as the strawberry lace challenge, cookie slide and Malteser racing. The latter however was far more messy. The chosen leaders had to partake in having their faces covered in shaving foam and washed off in water pistols, eating chocolate covered donuts from a piece of string, dropping trifle ingredients on faces and grabbing a sweet from flour using only your mouth. To make matters worse the loser had to endure a parrot poo pie, which somehow, I encountered twice!
This year, on the fourth day, we held Landlubbers at The River Dart Country Park near Ashburton. Thirty-two children, most of their parents and leaders all went down. The weather turned our really lovely, after a bit of a wet start. We started the day with our Landlubbers session which included wide games, a story, and our memory verse. Part of the session was then taken to the lake where we did the leaders challenge – collecting coloured balls from the lake and the ‘Compass of Doom’ – which was the donut challenge. It was really great all of us being together having so much fun. It was great chatting to the Parents too. After the session finished the children and parents were then able to spend the rest of the day there doing their own thing.
We all thoroughly enjoyed doing the holiday club and we are already thinking about the Holiday club reunion in the New Year and how we can build on what we did. There was even talk about next Summer’s Holiday club before this one had even finished!
Thanks’ must go to all the leaders that gave up their time to help at Landlubbers this week. Without them something like this wouldn’t be able to run. Also, a massive thank you to the parents and all the children who came. Everyone contributed to making the week a lot of fun and very enjoyable