Because of the current and ongoing restrictions on social gathering associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, this resource is designed to be for use by families in the home, with the support of churches through resource provision and online engagement. It is flexible enough to serve churches who have previously provided successful holiday clubs but now are unable to gather in the same way as before, and churches who have never done them before but might have a connection with a small number of families in their community.

The Holiday Club is called the Hope Club because we want to offer our communities the opportunity to know our hope is in Jesus the light of the world.

Messengers from God told people that God’s rescue plan, Jesus was coming, over 700 years before he was born. One messenger, Isaiah, promised that he would be like a light greater than the sun and moon. This was the hope that God’s people held on to for generations. But, when Jesus arrived, many didn’t see the light – the power and love that he shared with those around him – and didn’t see that their hope had been fulfilled. Today, Jesus is still the light of the world and offers us hope in times of darkness. During this holiday club @ home we are going to explore what hope we can have in Jesus and the difference being his friend can make to our lives.

How it Works

There are five sessions on offer and two All Age Worship (AAW) outlines. You can chose to deliver an AAW at either end of a week where you do a session every day, a session a week for five weeks, or spread the material over two weeks. It is entirely up to you and what you think will work best for the families in your context. It even works as a family activity that grandparents involved in holiday child care could download and use!

Download and read the 'Planning Your Holiday Club' which will give you the framework and ideas on how to make the holiday club work best for your church. There is a 'Notes for Churches' document for every session which lists the resources that you need for the session as well as extra ideas for fun ways to engage with families in your community

All the documents you will need for each session are available for download below. We are only able to upload pdfs to the website. If you want to amend stuff please email Carolyn Edwards for a publisher version, or get in touch for advise and support on how the use the resources most effectively for your context.

Because of the complications of copyright when presenting online or pre-recording material we have commissioned unique videos from Dynamic Dan (for more information on Dan's work visit his facebook page) and stories and sketches that you can freely use with no issues.

Planning your Holiday Club

Please download the Planning your Holiday Club document to enable to plan a framework for you Hope Club and think through what you want to deliver and how.

If you are considering engaging with families online please read the Guidelines for online engagement to ensure that you consider the safeguarding and copyright implications.

Guidelines for physical gatherings are changing all the time, however, it is still our recommendation that you do not plan to meet in numbers, and that any event is done outside abiding by social distancing and hygiene conditions. Please read the guidance for church based children and youth activities document before making any plans.

Read the Notes for Churches for each Session for more ideas and extra resources

the My Hope Diary file - a booklet with activities and puzzles for all five sessions for children 6-10 years old, is too big to upload to the website. If you would like to print these to give out, please contact Carolyn Edwards who will send it to you directly

Below are links to videos created by other churches which they are happy for you to use, or which might give you some ideas

Donnetta from Northallerton is posting a video every Sunday at 4pm on their facebook page

Session One - Hope in the Light of the World

Jesus brings sight to a blind man and demonstrates that he brings hope to the world as light - all that is good and true.

Dynamic Dan - Magic and story application video -

Session Two - Hope in the Powerful Peace Bringer

Jesus calms the storm

Dynamic Dan - Magic and story application video -

Session Three - Hope in the Provider

Jesus feeds over 5000 people with a small boy's picnic lunch

Dynamic Dan - Magic and story application video -

Session Four - Hope in the Healer

Jesus heals and ill woman and Jairus' daughter

Dynamic Dan - Magic and story application video -

Session Five - Hope in the Forgiver

Jesus offers Peter forgiveness and restoration at the picnic on the beach

Dynamic Dan - Magic and story application video -

All Age Worship Downloadable Resources