Lionheart Holiday Clubs with OM UK's Kids 'n' Things Team

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. A Lionheart holiday club can be a useful event to bring in children from the community who do not usually attend church. Our aim is then 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. A Lionheart club is suitable for all primary school age children (4-11 years old). Some churches run a family service at the end of the week, which the children and their families are invited to.

Dates

20 May 2023 – 5 June 2023

Cost

AUD 405.00

Application Deadline

9 March 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

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Marrieds

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No Families

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Come and join OM UK's Kids 'n' Things team as we learn and deliver the Lionheart holiday clubs programme, sharing the gospel with children in the UK. Each day the club begins with craft activities. We then play parachute games with the children. After this, the main up-front programme takes place. This lasts about an hour and follows the adventures of Lionheart, our main puppet character. As Lionheart goes on his adventures the children learn along with him. Each day has a spiritual theme, and all the items in the programme that day reflect different aspects of that theme. The up-front programme includes puppets, drama, mime, conjuring, action songs and so on, leading up to the bible story of the day. Each day's theme links to the next. At the end of each day the children do a "fun sheet" to help them review and respond to what they have learned.

Week 1 During the first week, you will be learning the holiday club programme, ‘Lionheart and the Ultimate Gaming Adventure’. You will learn a selection of basic skills needed to deliver the programme such as puppeteering and storytelling. The week will be busy, but by the end you will be ready to help deliver the programme. Week 2 You'll take part in running the Lionheart holiday club at a church in Wrexham, Wales. During the holiday club, you will be involved in various parts of the up-front programme. You will take part in puppet songs and stories as a puppeteer and will help to demonstrate the action songs we use. 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 club runs in the morning, between 10-12 so there will be some free time and Saturdays off.

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, for the first week, with students from some of our other training programmes. You will most likely be sharing a room. During the second week, we will be staying at the Quinta, OM’s base in Weston Rhyn. Lunch will be provided at the church each day and in the evenings, we will eat with different members of the congregation.
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

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