Building big at Free Church fun week

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Campbeltown Free Church’s Big Build Holiday Club had more than 40 children taking part, with Bible stories, songs, games, crafts and quizzes.

A team of volunteers from Ballymena, Bangor, Belfast, Bournemouth, Cork, Cambridge and Campbeltown helped the free church members run the recent four-day club.

The children, in teams of ‘electricians’, ‘plumbers’, ‘bricklayers’ and ‘joiners’, heard about the houses Jesus visited and the people he encountered, including the crowded house where Jesus healed the paralysed man, the cheat’s house where Jesus changed Zacchaeus’ life, the busy house where Mary listened but Martha was too busy, and the rich house where the woman washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.

The children had their own ‘big build challenge’, to see which team could build the biggest structure from newspaper and masking tape. The structure had to stand independently and support the weight of a bean bag.

Judge, ‘Sammy the Surveyor’, told the Campbeltown Courier: ‘I fear there may be some health and safety issues with some of these buildings.’

The fun-filled week finished with a family service and barbecue attended by more than 70 people.

Free church minister Rodger Crooks said: ‘We’ve had a great week, enjoyed by children and team alike. We plan to run a holiday club again next summer from July 6 to 12, so we hope that families will keep those dates free.’

Thumbs up for the balloon quiz led by Neil McCullough assisted by his apprentices, Philip Scott and David Timothy. NO_c29bigbuild01

Sammy the Surveyor judges the shaky big build structures by the ‘plumbers’. NO_c29bigbuild02

‘Splat’ quickly became the favourite game. NO_c29bigbuild03

Winners of the best design, assisted by Mark Jasper. NO_c29bigbuild04

A team of ‘electricians’ built a sturdy structure helped by Rebekah Shields and Brenda Rycroft. NO_c29bigbuild05