Ellon Baptist Church summer events are a success once more

The summer mission holiday club before their prize-giving ceremony
The summer mission holiday club before their prize-giving ceremony

Ellon Baptist Church held a prize-giving ceremony on Friday to mark the end of its summer mission holiday club.

Youngsters from Ellon, and the surrounding area as far as Cruden Bay, were presented with a certificate, a goody bag and all of the crafts made from activities during the week.

Local event coordinator, Liz Bolton, hailed the week as a huge success.

She told The Times: “It’s been a tremendous success, but there has been a lot of hard work and dedication involved as well.

“Children from as young as four, up the age of eleven, have been learning verses, bible stories, drama activities, three-way group tasks, games and crafts.”

The retired Rev Jim Clarke said that the club had benefited mums and dads across Ellon as well as the children.

He said: “It’s been great because it gives the parents a break over the holidays.”

The church has connections to the Scottish Baptist Union and each year Step-out teams made up of teenage volunteers from all the baptist churches across Scotland are sent out to churches which have requested a team to assist them.

This year the holiday club consisted of a team of four Step-out volunteers, eight young volunteers from the Ellon Baptist Church 
and 12 adults.

The church also lined up a youth cafe for secondary school pupils at the Ythan Centre.

Pupils from first to fifth year took part in movie nights, a photo challenge and an outdoor treasure hunt.

Liz said: “The events weren’t just for Christians - over half of the 18 people who attended aren’t from the church.

“There’s nothing for young people to do in the holidays so this has been brilliant.

“It’s great that the church can use local Ellon facilities as well.”

The holiday club and youth cafe ran from August 5 to August 9.

For more information or upcoming events visit www.ellonbaptistchurch.org.uk.