Constricting times call for creative measures. When our spring holidays had to be cancelled due to lockdown, SU Holidays and Missions Manager Jo Morley decided to adapt one of them, Bake Off, into a ‘holiday at home’ for the children and leaders.
Jo, now working from home herself, says ‘Over the four days that Bake Off had been due to run, we instead ran a two-hour baking and online chat session for the young people and holiday leaders to access online at home.
'We emailed a recipe booklet and shopping list of ingredients to parents. Then I created accompanying videos using my phone to film myself cooking each recipe in my kitchen, which I edited on my computer. It was a bit of a learning curve, but actually turned out to be easier than I thought!
'Each session included a biblical theme to ponder. One afternoon when we made cupcake sheep, we shared how Jesus said he was the good shepherd and came to give life in all its fullness. We asked the children to think about how that compares with the common perception that being a Christian is about following lots of rules.'
After their baking, the children joined one another in an online chat room at a set time using a computer or other device with a camera. They showed off their culinary creations and discussed the Bible theme of the day. The holiday leaders shared a bit about why they follow Jesus and what he means to them.
"We also plan to offer our Bake Off resources more widely"
Jo says, ‘Now we’re looking at how to adapt some of the summer holidays that we’ve also now cancelled. We also plan to offer our Bake Off resources more widely, so churches can use them to keep in touch with the children already involved in their church, and encourage them to invite their friends along too.’
Bake Off at home
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