PAX is here to share the love of Jesus with 5 to 11 year olds from Pinehurst and the surrounding communities. This is through providing a quality after-school club, holiday clubs and schools work. PAX does this because of the call AND command Jesus has placed in our hearts.
PAX is the weekly club run by HCC, happening every Thursday afternoon @ the Pinehurst Community Centre. It is open to all kids, whether from church or not, and regardless of background.
Pax usually runs for an hour and a half, and follows roughly the styles of KidzKlub. This is fast paced, full of short, usually energetic, "magazine style" slots, mostly led from the front. But there's also a "message" element, where a story from the Bible is often shared, or a particular verse, and then a life lesson is drawn out of that. This is something the children can understand in practical ways, and is discussed in small-group times.
We don't always stick to the crazy games, bizarre "skits" and amazing stories. Sometimes we just want to mess around, so we might add in a messy craft. Then sometimes we even scrap the "programme" entirely and do a Social or Outing. This could be going ten pin bowling, or one big game or activity for the entire 90 minutes at the normal club venue. Maybe a film, or water based outdoor games.
Although normal Pax club only runs during term time, we usually have a programme for half terms and holidays. We've done scavenger hunts round local woods, multi-sports days, even dance and basketball workshops!
PAX is planned, run & led by Jessica Hartwig, HCC's Children's Worker, but is supported by an invauable team of committed volunteers. Jess is a qualified first aider, so everyone stays safe! The team volunteers range in age from 16 to much older than that, and that's a valuable thing. It helps kids build relationships with a wide range of people, from their peers, the generation above them and even people old enough to be their parents.
Alongside of Pax on a Thursday afternoon, we provide an art club on a fortnightly basis on a Tuesday afternoon. This club follows a different format every time, but always takes place for about an hour, from 4.30 till 5.30. There is no specific message which guides Art club, it is just a safe place for young people to get messy, have some fun, make good friends, express themselves and be creative!
Pax, all in all, aims to see kids reach their potential, not necessarily in a particular skill, but in who they are. It's exciting to see once shy kids coming out of their shells, and in some cases becoming leaders amongst their peers! Come check us out, every Thursday, during term time.