Had Fun; I’m Glad It’s Over

13 Aug

Apologies: the photos are quite dark because my camera isn’t good enough for the space we were in.  I have not included any pictures of the children because some parents will not allow their photographs to be included on a public forum, and I’m not sure which children that affects.  If you look at our church website in a couple of days, you will see more and better pictures, not taken by me.

Church Holiday Club: if that phrase conjures visions of earnest adults indoctrinating children with religion (as it does for the Hub), then you obviously grew up in the Fifties.  It’s not like that here in Stockport: let’s just say that Tottenham is not the only place to have had a riot this week.

There has been singing, stories, dancing, crafts, drama, architecture, puppetry, games, joke-telling and jungle japes.  Sometimes we let the children join in.

The week started with a roll of corrugated cardboard, masking tape, and the instruction to ‘build a hut’.  Thirty children were split into three groups and our ten looked like they needed a tunnel, so that’s what they got: a foyer, a tunnel and a grand exit.  They decorated it with paper leaves on the first morning.  The intention was to cover the hut with leaves by the end of the week, but we were too busy enjoying ourselves to finish it.

Welcome to our humble abode

The baby group had the best builders

The real estate market finally started to pick up

After group time we joined the others in the pews for a singalong, with actions.  Then it was time for a little drama: The Watt Family (a family of five in the script, pared down to just Grandma and Wendy, due to a dearth of actors) took a trip to Africa; parachuted into the jungle because of engine failure; got lost; were rescued by a friendly chief; and celebrated their safe arrival with a nice cup of English tea.

I played Wendy. Wendy was a naughty girl who didn’t listen and wound up tied to a tree as lion fodder.  I’m sure you’ll be glad to know she was rescued, though the Hub was a little disappointed to hear it.

You can tie me to a tree but you'll never take away my freedom...

At one point, Wendy carried a suitcase that was stolen by a thief (David, the vicar).  Wendy and the thief tussled for dramatic effect; Wendy, in her excitement, forgot to let go and was dragged up the aisle by the twice-her-size-and-much-stronger enemy, landing flat on her backside.  Wendy fell over, yet I have the bruises; funny, that.

Tilly had a great week, but got a little plastered

The next hour was taken up with crafts, games and snack time, then it was back to the pews for more singing and jokes and a puppet show, before we all went back to our huts for going-home time.  Apart from when I’m blogging, I have never known two hours disappear like that: we packed each morning with fun activities and lots of laughter, and our reward was happy children and aching backs.

The children had a lesson in DIY

We know they enjoyed the week but I’m not sure if they got the message of love that we hoped they would: when asked what was the best thing about their time with us, one child said to me, ‘I liked the bit where David pushed you over.’

All Jedi have to start somewhere

Today’s post title is my Six Word Saturday entry.  Click on the link to join in the fun.

My niece and nephew arrive for a visit today, and I’m still pretending to do this week’s missed housework, but I promise to catch up on visits and comments soon.  Honest.

35 Responses to “Had Fun; I’m Glad It’s Over”

  1. vivenne blake August 13, 2011 at 09:42 #

    And a good time was had by all. Sorry about your bruises, though. The artwork looks wonderful, as do the huts.

    Have a good weekend.


  2. misswhiplash August 13, 2011 at 09:57 #

    How about a photo of these bruises ? You certainly had a good time and the kids seem to have enjoyed it too.

    Now relax a while!


    • Tilly Bud August 14, 2011 at 09:31 #

      I would, but you can’t photograph a bruised ego 😉


  3. Elaine August 13, 2011 at 11:01 #

    It looks, and sounds, like great fun was had by all!


  4. Jim August 13, 2011 at 11:47 #

    Well, T. Bud, all enjoyghed and that was the immediate benefit. Long range, it might be enough enjoyment here to get the grandkids to church. Don’t I wish that all mine got there. [My 30-some year old grandson, Tim, was baptised a couple of weeks ago!!! :)]


  5. gigihawaii August 13, 2011 at 11:54 #

    What fun! Glad you all had a good time.


  6. Dawn @ Guiding Light August 13, 2011 at 12:09 #

    What a great post – thanks for sharing. Sharing the word of God with children = awesome! Blessings!


  7. Ron. August 13, 2011 at 12:34 #

    There is no fun like fun with children. (Except maybe fun with My Beloved Sandra, but that’s a different kind of fun.)


    • Tilly Bud August 14, 2011 at 13:15 #

      Ron! This is a family blog, you know 😉


  8. Karen S. August 13, 2011 at 12:57 #

    See, in the end we rejoice! Have a great weekend too!


  9. mairedubhtx August 13, 2011 at 13:04 #

    It sounds as if you had a great deal of fun.


  10. Inspiration to Dream August 13, 2011 at 13:48 #

    Fun times and great looking huts.


  11. Stephanie Michelle Hasty August 13, 2011 at 13:49 #

    this looks like a blast! 😀



  12. kateshrewsday August 13, 2011 at 14:24 #

    Tilly, there is nothing like a really large group of kids to keep one’s feet on the ground, and it sounds like you caught their imagination so well. What a brilliant (if exhausting) way to spend a week…


    • Tilly Bud August 14, 2011 at 13:25 #

      I’ll be honest – I’m shattered. I was in bed, asleep by nine last night. 🙂


  13. Gobetween August 13, 2011 at 15:34 #

    Great huts. I loved it when you get plastered Tilly 😀


  14. Audrey August 13, 2011 at 15:36 #

    Glad it was fun. It’s always nice to put one activity behind us and start on the next new activity. Happy Saturday.


    • Tilly Bud August 14, 2011 at 13:27 #

      A break first would be nice. Never mind 🙂


  15. Tinman August 13, 2011 at 16:55 #

    Wendy was used as lion-fodder just for being naughty?

    Wow, tough parents.


  16. Big Al August 13, 2011 at 18:36 #

    A very worthwhile endeavor, for sure. Your nickname isn’t the “Lion Queen” by any chance, is it?


  17. sanstorm August 13, 2011 at 20:17 #

    It must be holiday club week all round the country this week. Glad you had fun!


  18. Kasi August 13, 2011 at 22:49 #

    WOW…looks cool…(Found your blog from Six Word Saturday)


  19. barb19 August 14, 2011 at 00:24 #

    The main thing was to have fun, and it sounds like everyone did, including you! Thanks for the pics!


  20. nrhatch August 14, 2011 at 02:43 #

    Glad you enjoyed your week! 😀


  21. Brenda Youngerman August 14, 2011 at 06:28 #

    came over from SWS — this looks like it was fun for all!


  22. eof737 August 18, 2011 at 00:51 #

    You had a wonderful and hilarious time. TY for sharing it with us…. I hope you’re not bruised up after that funny tussle. 🙂



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