GEORGE NEWS - About 500 children attended Life Community Services' (LCS) three-week holiday club in Parkdene during the school holidays.
The programme was aimed at providing an opportunity for children and youth of all ages to grow in every area of their lives.
"Preschool children were catered for at Happy Feet Learning Centre and their theme was "Fruit of the Spirit", while the school-going children learnt of the power of God, and what God is like. Children were transported in from Thembalethu, New Dawn Park and Protea Park while others walked to the Life property in Parkdene," said LCS director, Sally Versveld.
A host of people were there to present the programme. Life's team comprised of 30 staff and volunteers, as well as mission teams from St Matthews Table View, Shofar Potchefstroom and Christ Church Tygerberg.
Each day started with games, crafts and activities. This holiday the aim was to teach the children life skills, so they learnt to sew on buttons, bake muffins and biscuits, do gardening and woodwork, and more about personal hygiene.
A nourishing hot meal was served, followed by "Tent Time" which included fun icebreakers, worship, Bible teaching and learning Scripture. And the day would not be complete without a visit from Miss Treasure Box, who handed out gifts and rewards for good behaviour, being kind and helpful, as well as good sportsmanship.
Highlights were visits from the choir of Jesus College of Cambridge and a choir from Belgium, who gave performances which increased our children's love for music and singing.
During the last week the LCS staff and children reached out to the community, sharing the biscuits they had made and expressing gratitude to local community members who are a blessing to LCS throughout the year. They visited the Conville police station, Lawaaikamp clinic and Conville clinic.
"Children need to be taught to give, and to show gratitude to others who support and encourage them.
"The other positive outcome is that the children are safe, loved and nurtured while parents and caregivers are at work, or not able to give them the care they need. We wish to thank local churches, businesses and individuals who supported in various ways," said Versveld.
For more information or a tour of LCS, contact their office on 044 873 6601.
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