I’m on my holidays this week and next – hence the lack of posting. Time away is giving me the chance to reflect on last week’s wonderful holiday club at our local church. There were 63 children, 63 poorly teddies (who each left feeling 10 years younger and fitter) around 20 leaders/helpers, 1 story machine complete with novelty sounds/smoke/the odd toothbrush, probably about 1000 yards of bunting (give or take), 15 minutes each of fame for one of the groups who made their own movies, 1 Roman centurion’s helmet made of tinfoil, 2 lab coats borrowed from the local school’s science department, 1 stuffed giraffe with a role to play too, £78 for Christian Aid to fund resources for schools,* 1 paramedic (all part of the act I’m happy to say!), 1 electrocuted leader (again part of the act), 1 clown wig, and probably an infinite number of crayons, lolly sticks, aprons, pieces of fruit, Frozen/Spider-Man outfits and other essentials.
And 1 amazing truth – that ‘God who made the universe, the earth, the sun, the moon and stars, has a place in his heart for me’ (‘God’s love is big’ – Vineyard Records). Singing these words each day last week was a powerful reminder to me that even though God is bigger than our human minds can comprehend, he is also close (not remote or distant) and knows each one of us intimately as in Psalm 139. Hallelujah!
* Our amazing children raised £75 for Christian Aid by way of a ‘penny drive’. With a £3 added donation this has bought 2 x “top of the class” bundle to help give adults and children the chance of a life free of poverty through education and 2 x “childs school materials for a year”.