Stirling church hosts holiday club with lunchtime meals for school children

St Mark’s Church in Stirling is offering a lunchtime holiday club this week featuring games, activities and fun for around 40 local schoolchildren.

Children at St Mark's Church's holiday club
The Priority Area church has teamed up with a local social worker for the first time this year to offer sports and crafts activities and a free hot meal.

The Priority Area church has teamed up with a local social worker for the first time this year to offer sports and crafts activities and a free hot meal.

Rev Barry Hughes, the minister of St Mark’s Church in Stirling, said:

“The two schools opposite the church have a very high incidence of children who rely on free school meals, who may not be able to depend on a hot meal during the school holidays.

“The social worker who is based permanently at one of the schools approached us looking to work in partnership with her and the Stirling Council youth services team to arrange activities for the Easter holidays based around a hot meal at lunchtime.

“It’s very much a partnership with the local social work team, whom we work very closely with, and we are planning to do the same again in the summer.

“Each day, we are organising activities for 40 or so children and everyone will get a free hot meal each day.

“The club is being very much appreciated by the parents and guardians of the children attending – we have already had more parents in touch asking if their children can attend too.”

Children at St Mark's Church's holiday club
A similar holiday club is planned to run during the upcoming summer holidays in partnership with Stirling Council

As part of the programme, games are being organised in a local sports hall, in conjunction with the social work and youth teams of Stirling Council.

There will also be crafts and other creative activities for children to take part in.

Rev Barry Hughes believes the club is “the ideal way of displaying our Christian outreach in a very practical way for local families.”

A similar holiday club is planned to run during the upcoming summer holidays in partnership with Stirling Council, and Rev Barry Hughes says the team are “looking forward to this becoming a regular occurrence.”