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Myton Church Holiday Club not being stopped by pandemic

Ian Hughes 21st Jul, 2020

UNBEATEN by coronavirus, Myton Church have adapted their annual children’s extravaganza for YouTube

Hundreds of five to 11-year olds who would have liked to attend Myton Church Holiday Club this summer can still enjoy the experience in spite of Covid-19, as volunteers prepare key elements of the programme for YouTube release from July 27 to 31.

The event has been held annually at Myton School in Warwick since 1990, regularly welcoming over 250 children through the doors.

But in its 30th anniversary year such a gathering has been rendered impossible by current government guidelines.

However, hosts Myton Church were undeterred. Having already adapted Sunday

services and other regular activities for the virtual world, an online holiday club was the natural step.

“We’ll really miss the buzz of excitement and activity in the building, but not running at all was not an option” said holiday club coordinator Hannah Cook. “For the church and for many families in Warwick and Leamington, it’s a real highlight of the summer.”

‘Heroes Academy’ holiday club videos will be released each morning of the scheduled club week, lasting about an hour and covering many elements of the normal programme, including songs, Bible stories, craft ideas, daft costumes and messy entertainment. There will also be the opportunity for children to pick up the theme and

send in their pictures and jokes for inclusion the next day.

Presenters and superheroes-in-training Clare Reynolds, a marketing manager from Hampton Magna, and Al Rendle, a secondary school teacher from Leamington, have been preparing the videos in their spare time over the last month – although filming together was not possible even with social distancing, as Clare has been shielding since March due to a chronic lung condition. Instead, green-screens in their respective living

rooms brought the duo onto the same virtual stage.

A number of other church members have also contributed sections, keen to support the online offering.

Church leader Kim Hubbard said: “I’ve been involved in our annual holiday clubs almost from the start.

“They have kept the same general format for many years, which has proved very popular. However, the need to embrace change this year has presented a great opportunity for some new ideas and fresh creativity.”

Links to each session will be emailed to parents and carers who have registered interest, and posted to the Myton Church website and social media channels. To maximise the opportunity for children to watch at a convenient time, they will all remain available until the end of August.

Hannah added: “If there’s one advantage to moving online it’s not being constrained by physical location, age range or availability of volunteers. This year, we are genuinely open to everyone who wants to take part.”

For more information go to www.mytonchurch.org.uk/holidayclub2020, and parents/carers can register to receive the daily links by emailing mytonchurchholidayclub@gmail.com

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