Kids 'n' Things Academy Summer

The Kids ‘n’ Things Academy is our training programme for children’s workers. Through the Academy sessions, you will learn theory, theology and skills which will help you to develop in children’s ministry. You will have the opportunity to use and develop many of the skills taught in the Academy while delivering the Lionheart holiday club programme '‘Lionheart and the Ultimate Gaming Adventure’ in churches, which you will learn with the team when you arrive. You may also be able to volunteer with some of our partner organisations to get some wider experience of various children’s ministries. 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.

Dates

17 June 2023 – 14 August 2023

Cost

AUD 3245.00

Application Deadline

5 April 2023
Note: PRICE IS APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO EXCHANGE RATES. Prices do not include flights, visa, insurance or any vaccinations required.

Open to

Singles

Open to

Marrieds

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No Families

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No Groups

The holiday clubs you will help run can be useful to bring in children from the community who do not usually attend church. Our aim is 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. It's suitable for all primary school age children (4-11). 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 there will be crafts, parachute games then the main up-front programme which lasts about an hour and follows the adventures of Lionheart, our main puppet character. As he goes on his adventures the children learn with him. Each day has a spiritual theme, and all the items in the programme that day reflect different aspects of the theme. The programme includes puppets, drama, mime, conjuring, action songs and so on, leading up to the bible story of the day.

You will spend one day a week participating in the Kids ‘n’ Things Academy, two days a week working with the team to learn and rehearse the holiday club programme, and two days a week with other children’s ministries. Once the school holidays begin, we plan to spend two weeks running holiday clubs Monday-Friday with two different churches in different areas. You will also participate in family services on Sundays. You will be involved in various parts of the up-front programme including puppet songs and stories as a puppeteer and help to demonstrate the action songs. There may also be opportunities to teach bible verses or bible stories if you have skills in this area. As well as the performance element, there will be plenty of time for you to help alongside church members in small group activities with children, such as making crafts and playing games. The holiday club runs in the morning, between 10-12, so generally you will have some free time in the afternoons and evenings and a day off Saturdays.

You will be a member of a small international team of up to 5 people. 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 – training will be given – although you do need to have enough physical mobility to be able to kneel behind a puppet stage, carry some 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.
Will there be accomodation provided?
OM has a residential training centre in the town of Halesowen, near Birmingham. You will be living there with students from some of our other training programmes. You will most likely be sharing a room. Most churches we will be working with are within one hour’s drive of our training centre, in which case you will live at the centre and we'll travel to and from the club each day. If a church is further away, they will provide accommodation.
Will there be food provided?
Meals will be provided. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, dairy-free, food allergies, gluten free, etc.)
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
You need to travel to and from Birmingham in the UK. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX).
What should my health condition be like?
Participants should be in average good health and have enough physical mobility to be able to kneel behind a puppet stage, carry some equipment and take part in lively action songs. Each participant is responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance.
Do I need a visa?

Please check www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Interested?

Our purpose is to share God’s love with people. We want to equip, train and challenge Jesus followers to reflect Him and to use their God given gifts. As a result, we share hope with the people we meet along the way, investing in them and building bridges. We also hope that all participants will go away strengthened in their faith and with a deeper desire to share their faith cross-culturally.
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