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3 August 2009 No Comment


Outreach Volunteering at a Kids’ Club? Think about it!

Many Uniting Churches offer KUCA Clubs or Kids’ Clubs activities in a variety of ways. Some run programs for one day or more days during school holidays. Some have themes and run for several weeks, for example an Advent theme each Tuesday night for 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. Some meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Some meet after school for example 3:30 – 5pm and others include a meal and meet from 5 – 7 pm, and others from 6 – 8 pm. All are an outreach to children and aim to share the Christian message with them and their families.

Most children’s programs are run by a dedicated team of people who give their time freely. But many churches now are finding it hard to provide a safe environment with enough helpers to work with the children.

Are there people out there who would like to volunteer occasionally and in a specific way in children’s programs at Uniting Churches?

Read Andrew’s story and think about volunteer outreach:

andrew-grant-lgNorth Ryde Community Church is well-resourced and benefits from the many gifts of its members, including many who are strongly committed to teaching and developing leadership in children and young people.

In recent months this has been manifested in helping run children’s activities in rural churches as a form of outreach, bringing our members into contact with other churches whose needs may be greater or just different. So far, North Ryde have visited our friends in the Junee-Illabo Parish to run a children’s craft activity for their “C’s the Day” event in November 2008. They also visited Spring Hill UC near Orange in January to run a similar program.

In July 2009 in my capacity as the convener of the Youth Ministry Committee at North Ryde, I contacted Judyth Roberts, the Children and Families Ministry Consultant for NSW and ACT to enquire about the needs of other churches in regional areas that might appreciate some assistance in running their children’s programs. This resulted in a visit to Charlestown UC near Newcastle, where Cathy Beeton, the Children’s Worker, had organised a holiday program with a ‘snow’ theme for winter.

Cathy has a capable volunteer team of mostly retired women, some former teachers like me, whose skills were very evident as they guided the 41 children who attended. There were a range of activities including making things, games, stories, singing, socialising and eating healthy food.

What next? Are you a church that needs volunteers for specific events? Are you someone who would like to use your skills and experience to help out? Contact Judyth on 8267 4289 or email judythr@nsw.uca.org.au

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