Each morning a crew of willing volunteers, led by corps officer Captain Steven Turner, took the children through two hours of games, songs, teaching and craft activities on The Adventure Cruise. Alongside challenges such as “Grandma’s Gunky Gunge” and “Superbrain,” the children followed the adventures of Sid and Basher, attempting to foil a bunch of robbers on a cruise ship.
Each day the Blue Cape drama group (crew members in disguise) presented Bible stories of people who encountered Jesus – including Zaccheus and a Rich Young Man. The mini-songs based on Bible verses really caught the children’s imagination.
“We wanted to give the children something to enjoy during the holidays,” explained Captain Steven Turner. “But we also want them to learn that following Jesus is the best adventure of all.” Captain Turner’s wife and fellow corps officer Captain Elizabeth Turner led a dedicated team of craft workers. Among the items the children took away with them were sailors hats, decorated clipboards, and a desert island made of foam rubber and pipe-cleaners on a sweetie tin.
Family members were invited to a special after-club session on Friday, where they experienced some of the music and drama of the week before sharing in lunch with the “crew” and “passengers”. And on Sunday, regular worshippers were permitted aboard to catch a glimpse of the adventure through songs and Bible stories from the holiday club.
Crew members declared themselves exhausted but exhilarated by the weeks adventure, and are already talking about next year!