Published on: 17 August 2021

Back in Summer 2020, the team at Christ Church and St Andrews Eaton wondered what they could do instead of the holiday club they usually ran.

The idea was born to create ‘Activity Packs’. These packs were full of crafts and baking ideas and some simple biblical truths. They were very popular, so the team decided to do them again at Harvest, then again at Christmas and then at Easter. At Easter there were 158 sent out to families in Eaton and the surrounding areas.

That is 158 new connections the church has made in the community. We are really excited about what God could do from these connections. We believe that the packs have sown a seed, a seed of relationship – not just with us as the church but also with Jesus. For some that seed will be watered and cared for by others further down the line, but we hope and trust that for some, we will be able to go on the journey of growth with them.

We will continue to do the packs but are also offering a ‘workshop’ with each pack, where the children can come and do some crafts with us in person. We hope this will be a chance for us to grow those connections into relationships and show these children that coming into a church building is fun. Our holiday club this year is also aimedat these relationships so there will be similarity between the packs, workshop and holiday club. Each of these steps will include more about Jesus and hopefully start to develop the children’s relationship with Jesus and the church. This is just the beginning and everything we do will be with the aim to water the seeds that have been sown. Is this something that you could do in your church?

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