Clackmannan Church holiday club success
Published: 28 Aug 2013 07:000 comments
DURING the first week in August, Clackmannan Town Hall was transformed into the wild west town of "Clacksville", populated by some 83 primary school children from Clackmannan and beyond.
The pupils were taking part in 'Gold Diggers' , the sixth annual Holiday Club run by members of Clackmannan Church, over five evenings, Monday to Friday 5 to 9 August.
During the club the children, or 'prospectors' were part of a posse led by a sheriff and deputy, and made their home in a covered wagon for each day's expedition and search for 'gold'.
The programme was packed with music, drama, games, including the popular messy challenge game "The great Western Challenge", arts and crafts, and a quiz, where to win points the children had to knock over a tin can with a bean bag in our Tin Can Alley".
By telling their favourite joke, the children could also win a gold nugget, which could be redeemed in 'Miss Maggie's Trading Post' - the tuck shop. They were also kept up to date with the antics of Lightning Jack and Flashpan Andy, who shared their take on each day's main story.
But Clackmannan's 'Gold Diggers' was more than just a week of playing at being gold prospectors.
Each day, with incidents taken from the Bible, the young people found some gold nuggets which explored God's dealings with His people.
They heard about the story of Adam and Eve, and Daniel, who because he was faithful to God was put in a den of lions.
They learned about the pitfalls of greed through the stories of the rich and foolish farmer, and the prodigal son, and they found out about God's love in his calling of Zacchaeus down from a tree.
The minister of Clackmannan Church, the Reverend Scott Raby, said, "With
83 children registering and an average of 73 attending each night, this year's
holiday club had been another tremendous success."
Rev Raby paid tribute to the families of the young people who supported the event, and thanked the Town Hall Trust, the mebers of the church and all others involved with the project for their continued commitment to both the church and the young people of the town.