Desert Detectives

4th - 8th August 2003


The holiday club was based on holiday club resource material produced by Scripture Union. The aim was to find the 'Mighty Godsword' through looking at various events in the Bible from creation to Christ's resurrection. It was not until the last day that the 'Mighty Godsword' was not a sword at all but was infact 'The Mighty God's Word' the Bible

It should be noted that we have always had a policy of accepting any child within the age limits provided we do not go over our maximum numbers. This year we had several children from families of other faiths.


Background Information


Because the week touched on events throughout biblical history, it was decided to produce a biblical timeline to which pictures would be added throughout the week. This was to show the events relative to each other. This timeline also showed the split from Hebrew to Judaism and Christianity, and the split of Judaism and Islam.

As with Last last year additional activities were arranged for the 8 to 11 year olds in the afternoon.


Nomad's Tents

Super Seekers 5 to 6 year olds
Jonah's Whales 7 to 8 year olds
Cactus Team 9 year olds
Dawns Deserts 10 to 11 year olds

Desert Places

Some of the names for places in the Hall were changed to give a "Desert" atmosphere.



the Oasis

The Platform


the professors Study

Main Hall


the Desert

Rear Hall


Base Camp


Summary of the main daily activities

  • Who can remember Memory Verse from yesterday.
  • Desert Challenge each day relating to the days topic or how it might feel being in the desert.
  • The search for Biblical artefacts in the desert was conducted by Cleopatra (The Camel), Lucy and Bert, three puppets with the aid of actual leaders and a mystical window into the desert (a bowl of sand decorated to form a window).
  • Video of Professor Callidus, who with his assistants tell the stories behind the daily artefacts.
  • Memory verse each day that combined to give the full text on the last day.
  • Work sheets related to the day.
  • Games
  • Art & Craft

Some of the Art & Craft and other Activities of the week were.

  • Diagramatic bookcase added to each day with the various books of the bible in sections, Law, History, Wisdom, Prophecy and Gospels.
  • Bug Gliders - Plagues.
  • Painting stones with heirogyphics.
  • Trumpet - Joshua and Jericho.
  • Colouring timeline pictures.
  • David's harp and Solomon's crown.
  • Jeremiah's clay pot, or anything else made from clay.
  • Cheer Me Up Scrolls.
  • Making party foods, chocolate crispies, icing cakes etc.
Afternoon activities for 8 to 11 year olds.
  • Drama.
  • Making hand puppets out of fabric and painting them.
  • Ten Pin Bowling.
  • Friendship bracelets.
  • Swimming.
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