The Camp, which took place in early October at Holmfirth Methodist Church, was attended by 23 eager children from around the Circuit. A packed program had been planned for the weekend, full of exciting opportunities for exploring harvest, culminating in the Sunday morning Harvest Service and Harvest lunch.
On the Saturday it was time to get creative with the various activity sessions on offer. Once organised into their groups, Apples, Oranges and Bananas (!), the children, accompanied by their team leaders, enthusiastically engaged with their activities.
The children became designers, tasked with creating a personalised logo/picture to draw on the patches of their brightly coloured draw-string bags. With artistic license applied, designs varied immensely; food, family, a whale, favourite computer game characters, abstract patterns and even the Fairtrade Logo! As a surprise for the children, these would be filled later with a few goodies to take home.
What harvest wouldn’t be complete without the thought of bread? Not only did we think about it, but the children baked it! All the ingredients were mixed thoroughly to make the dough. Following the addition of raisins and/or chopped apricots, sticky hands shaped the dough to make small fruit buns before baking in the oven. Delicious…. A collaborative wheatsheaf was also baked to share with everyone during prayers in the Harvest Service.
All Food Comes from God became the strapline for our collaborative Harvest Banner. Each group were asked to think about the sources of our food and responded by creating collages using a range of materials. These depicted foods growing on trees and bushes, food from animals and food grown in the fields. The banner was then displayed in church - check out the pasta tractor!
To read more please follow this link to the Children's Camp 2016 page.