Holiday Club is a 3-day kids program at St Stephen's filled with games, craft, skits, bible stories and lots of fun.
Kids from Prep through to Year 6 will have a great time making friends, being active and learning about the story of Joseph - a young man with big dreams and high hopes!
But from dreams of stars and ruling, he ends up a slave in Egypt. But it doesn’t end there, because we see God at work in our world, using Joseph for great things! Come along to hear how the story ends!
Dates: 26th - 28th June 2023
Time: 8:45am to 4.30pm
Who: Primary School aged kids (Prep to Year 6)
Cost: $15 per child per day or $40 for 3 days
Registrations close on Sunday 18 June, or earlier if all places have been filled.
Family Afternoon - Wednesday 28 June 2023
4.30pm to 5.15pm in the Church Hall
Join us on the final day of the program, for a time of songs, stories and sharing memories, where your children will show you what they have learned. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle.
What can I expect during a service?At a typical service, we’ll sing some songs, read a part of the bible, and then one of the Ministers will preach and share some reflections on what God is telling us from the passage for about 30 minutes or so. All up, our gatherings go for about 60-90 minutes. Watch some of our previous services here. At our 10:15am service, we have a kids talk, creche (under 4yrs) and Kids Church for primary school-aged children. The kid's program is run by a team of dedicated and trained leaders. You can find out more about the Kids Church and creche here. Following each service, stay around to join in conversations over tea and coffee or supper. We also have a service for the Deaf community in AUSLAN. You can find out more here.
When and how long is the service?We hold two services each Sunday at 10:15am and 5pm. The service usually goes for 1.5 hours. Everyone is welcome to stay for conversation over morning tea and supper after the service in the church hall.
What is the difference between the morning and evening services?The morning and evening services are very similar with the same sermon repeated. The morning service includes a children's talk about 15 minutes into the service. The children then leave to head out to Kids Church (Sunday School) in the church hall or crèche (for infants up to 4 year olds). The music for the morning service includes some hymns accompanied by the organ, and some contemporary songs accompanied by a band. The evening service includes a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by a band.
How do people usually dress at church?People tend to dress casually at our services, so please come in whatever is comfortable for you.
Do I need to give any money?No. Please remain our guest - there is no expectation that attenders give money. If you are a Christian and would like to support the work of the gospel at our church and around the world, you can find about giving at our church here. At Christmas and Easter, and a few other special services, we may have an offering for a particular charity or ministry organisation, with all funds raised being given to that organisation. This will always be announced in that service.
Where do children fit in at St Stephen's?We encourage children of all ages to come along to our Sunday morning or evening service. We're keen for children to not only learn about God, but to learn to worship Him, so we rejoice to see children in church. On Sunday mornings we run a Kids Church and creche. All children start in the church with their parents/guardians. About 15 minutes into the service there is a children's talk where all children are invited to come down to the front of the church. After that, the children head out to the Hall for Kids Church and for crèche. Kids Church and creche end at the same time as the service. Crèche is for infants to 4 year olds, and involves singing, games, craft and story around a theme from the Bible for that week, as well as free play. Parents are required to sign in their child, and are then welcome to return to the service. To care for parents with infant children, we also have a quiet area to use near the hall with a video link into the service. This area has couches and changing facilities. We take the safety of your children seriously. You can learn more about our Safe Church policy here.
Where should I park?We have two on-site car parks off Warrigal Road and Canterbury Road, including designated disabled parking. These can fill up quickly so we would recommend arriving a little early to give yourself time to find a spot. Parking on Warrigal Road and Russell Street are unrestricted on Sundays.