Holiday Clubs And VBS


Holiday Clubs And VBS

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how effective are holiday clubs compared to playschemes

holiday clubs seems to be struggling in numbers in the last few years compared to 10 yrs ago ? why ? playschemes offer longer time , model of holiday clubs not engaging as much with children in…Continue

Started by mark brown Apr 24, 2011.

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Comment by Graham Carrington on August 10, 2012 at 14:35

Hi Ashley, just noticed your question below (dont remember getting an email notification, maybe i did, but it was lost in the mass of emails).
look on  YouTube for the video of the sports academy theme tune (& John has some suggested actions).
email me direct if you need help (



Comment by Ashley Dawson on July 26, 2012 at 9:54


We are running the Sports academy holiday club 6-10 August at our church. I'm try to find the video lcips metioneds on the John Hardwick holiday club facebook page :-

1) Theme song action video (we have bought the mp3 file)

2) Watt family drama day 1 by Eden Baptist church cambridge mentioned by G. Carrington. Can you help or point me in the right direction.

Many thanks Ashley Dawson

Comment by Graham Carrington on April 30, 2011 at 19:57
Hi Mark, i think the assumption that holiday clubs have reduced in numbers is not entirely correct. they are still popular, a recent holiday club at our church had more than double the number of kids than we had when i ran it 7 - 8 years ago.
Playschemes are fine for what they are, but i think the intention for a holiday club is not just to keep the kids busy during term time. the aims of the 2 events are quite different..
Which specific aspects of Playschemes do you think could be added to a traditional holiday club??
Comment by John Hardwick on April 27, 2011 at 22:19

Interesting comments but I'm involved in leading 7 holiday clubs a year and each of these run to capacity, from 80 children to 600. When run well there is a good balance between a good engaging up-front programme that teach Christian themes in and exciting way, and small group activities with loads of opportunity to engage with children. Some holiday clubs run from 9:00 am to 3:00pm others are just a morning or afternoon often including other events and outtings!

I'm not sure what a Play scheme is?

Comment by Graham Carrington on April 9, 2011 at 19:10

snippets from a very successful Holiday Club


Comment by John Hardwick on April 8, 2011 at 22:31

‘High Energy Holiday Clubs’

Holiday Clubs may be the most effective outreach for the year for your church! Not only reaching the Children but also building links with the whole family. 


“You can only go for first morning!” the mother said to her son, but the boy enjoyed the holiday club session so much she relented and allowed him to go every day! This was an email I received once from a church where I had led a holiday club, it went on to say how both mother and son have been coming to church ever since!


Yes, every year thousands upon thousands of children and families are being reached with the gospel through holiday clubs! Churches need to support, encourage and pray 100% for these and may be even incorporating some of the ideas into church services!


Holiday clubs bring people together; different churches often work together, leaders of all-ages working together.


Please do consider running one if you are not.


John Hardwick leads on average 7 holiday clubs a year and has had 8 of his holiday club themes published including; Jungle Jamboree, Starship Discovery, Razzamatazz Robots, Junior Heroes, Champions with more on the way!


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