Olympic fun in Kelsall


All the children who took partSome 45 youngsers in Kelsall got an early taste of the big games going on in London when they enjoyed an Olympic-themed holiday club organised by St Philip's Church and hosted by Kelsall Methodist Church.

Each day began in the 'training stations' where the children, aged from 4 to 11, worked on Olympic crafts and puzzles until a gong summoned them to the 'stadium' prepared for them in the recently refurbished church.

Vicar, Revd Peter Mackriel said: “All the children who took part were champions, because they enjoyed taking part in the different games, activities and singing – and earning points for their teams. They were very competitive.  We hope that they’ve had a positive experience of church, learning more about Jesus in a really fun way.”

During the week-long event – which was held just before the London Olympics opened – different bible stories were presented through drama, puppets, craft and music. The children enjoyed making Olympic torches, medals and trophies, as well as cracking lots of sports-themed jokes.

Outside games further heightened the healthy competition between the groups and gave the children an opportunity to play team games including rounders, football, and ball and spoon races.

One of the Olympic torches made a visit to the club and at a Sunday celebration service torch bearer David Goodier, a Kelsall resident, spoke about the huge support he had felt from those who cheered him on his way when he carried the torch at Rhos-on-Sea back in May.

A version of the Generation Game was hosted by church member Andrew Macaulay, with a passable impersonation of Bruce Forsyth, and a daily soap opera about the Watt family unfolded through the week, performed by church members.

This year’s Champions Holiday Club was the tenth such event  organised by St Philip’s, working together with Kelsall Methodist Church.  Organiser Jacquie Macaulay said, “Each action-packed morning involved a full programme of events, which sent the children home exhilarated, singing the catchy songs, and excitedly anticipating the next day, and left their leaders exhausted!”

Youngsters at the Kelsall Olympics-themed holiday club