School holidays tend to be a dilemma for parents of children aged 7 to 11. They face this conundrum: who will watch over their kids now that they are out of school? What will the kids be doing with all that free time? Fortunately, this April 2011 school holidays; the St Mark’s CFC- Youth for Christ (YFC) group have a fun and holistic alternative to this problem.
For the two Tuesdays of the two-week holiday (April 19 and 26), the YFC held two separate activities to keep the kids busy. This was dubbed, the ‘Saint Mark’s School Holiday Programme’. Both events were held at Saint Mark’s Parish Centre as well as in the school.
On the first Tuesday, the participating kids were treated to a ‘Sports Fun Day’ where they burnt their energy playing sports such as basketball and football. A modest group of fourteen kids, from ages 9-11 showed up for the event. Despite being a sports-themed activity, the day still had emphasis on God. A custom of YFC is to begin the day with God and so as soon as registration closed, the participants went to hear Mass at the St. Mark’s Parish.