Kids 'n' Things Academy Summer
17 Jun 2023
14 Aug 2023
The Kids ‘n' Things Academy is our training programme for children's workers. Through the Academy sessions, you will learn theory, theology and skills which will help you to develop in children's ministry. You will have the opportunity to use and develop many of the skills taught in the Academy while delivering the Lionheart holiday club programme '‘Lionheart and the Ultimate Gaming Adventure' in churches, which you will learn with the team when you arrive. You may also be able to volunteer with some of our partner organisations to get some wider experience of various children's ministries.
A Lionheart holiday club is a five-day event for children, held in a church. Each day there is a fast moving, entertaining two-hour programme, designed for children to enjoy themselves as they learn the truth about God and about themselves. OM's Kids ‘n' Things children's ministry team works in partnership with the church members to run the club.
Beware! Short term missions might severely impact and change the course of your life for the glory of the Lord. If that's what you're after, please proceed.
Also note that prices may be subject to change due to fluctuating exchange rates and that the advertised cost does not include your traveling costs.
You will be a member of a small international team of up to 5 people. Experience of working with children, especially in a church context, would be useful but not essential. The main requirements are the ability to relate to children and a desire to help them discover God. You do not need to have used puppets before – training will be given – although you do need to have enough physical mobility to be able to kneel behind a puppet stage, carry some equipment and take part in lively action songs.
OM UK is committed to safeguarding all those we work with, and you will be required to provide the relevant documentation during the application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be accomodation provided?
OM has a residential training centre in the town of Halesowen, near Birmingham. You will be living there with students from some of our other training programmes. You will most likely be sharing a room. Most churches we will be working with are within one hour's drive of our training centre, in which case you will live at the centre and we'll travel to and from the club each day. If a church is further away, they will provide accommodation.
Will there be food provided?
Meals will be provided. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, dairy-free, food allergies, gluten free, etc.)
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
You need to travel to and from Birmingham in the UK. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX).
What should my health condition be like?
Participants should be in average good health and have enough physical mobility to be able to kneel behind a puppet stage, carry some equipment and take part in lively action songs. Each participant is responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance.
Do I need a visa?
Please check www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa