Reason for going on a team
Teams are a great experience whether you have never been on one or you have been on 20. They are tough and are no holiday, but they forge long term, good friendships with like minded people and encourage you to pass on your experience of Jesus to younger kids. They will stretch you physically because the teaching day and preparation times are long and kids are very demanding to work with. Teams will challenge you mentally, demanding your creativity and enthusiasm, working through Bible teaching and presentation. You may not feel comfortable with all the opportunities offered to you but it is at these moments when you discover who you really are. Your leader will never force you to do something that you don't want to do - standing at the front leading kids worship is not everybody's cup of tea, but it's always worth having a go.
Why are they called Grow Teams?
Well, in Grow Teams, four things "Grow", they are:
> The kids - through the teaching and the leaders they come into contact with. We reckon the kids grow physically, mentally, emotionally and definitely spiritually.
> The Church - the church will hopefully grow from the team. We often see kids turning up to church who have never been before.
> The Leaders - you will grow from the experience of being a Grow Team leader, you learn loads of... well stufffff. You will learn how to work with children, how to lead groups, how to review your work, how to be prepared, and if it's a Bible Grow Team your faith will grow. Ahh, there's just toooo much stuff to list: you learn about God, yourself and others.
> God's Kingdom - these teams are all about Him. And we do them only to serve Him and enlarge His kingdom. We strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to serve God with Grow Teams and plant seeds of life for Him.
When will the team arrive?
The team will arrive on Saturday and begin preparations. They can also take part in the Sunday Service as much as the church feels appropriate. The team will depart around 17:00 on the following Friday.
What happens during the week?
The team will sleep, eat, prepare and deliver the programme to the kids in the church halls. The kids must not arrive before 10:00am and will leave at 3:00pm. The age ranges from 6 years old to 12 years old. After 3:00pm the team will review the day, tidy up then prepare for the days ahead. Tea is normally around 6:00pm - 6:30pm. After tea, is free time. Also every morning and evening there will be a devotional time for the team, which they will take turns in leading themselves.
How much does it cost?
Yeah, staying as a team member will cost you £15 for the week, this covers accomodation and food!!!
What about food?
Being in one place for a week with a team of leaders always requires some (lots) of food. You will be well fed with home cooked food. The person who prepares this is what we call a "House parent", who is certified in Food Hygiene. If you have any dietary requirements make sure you include them in your application form.
Before you go.
It's important to remember that we only have 6 days at any team/five days with the kids, so it is extremely important that we 'hit the ground running'. Read through the programme and pray about it, your team mates, leader-in-charge, the kids and the church before you go. Take some regular time to think about how you may like to present the teaching, games or even activities you may have that are appropriate.