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Children's Program for the Jesus Week       7-13 Oct 2012

The children’s program consists mostly of outdoor activities and sports, games, craft activities and entertainment, with a small amount of devotions.  A draft program is below, to give you an idea.  The program is geared primarily to the 4-12y age group though it is not restricted to these ages.  Hannah was home-educated herself so is familiar with home education dynamics.

Children are welcome to join in with the adults’ program if they are able, but please be aware that children under 12y will probably have difficulty concentrating and digesting the material. 

The venue has large grassy areas, trees, a playground, and a separate hall for the children’s indoor activities.  Accommodation options include family bunkrooms.

Children's Coordinator Hannah Grainger:  Life was great growing up in the country around Pukekohe, and my passion for the outdoors started there.  Growing up in a Christian home and being involved in the local church taught me to serve, and also helped me make a decision for Christ at a young age.  I was brought up in Pentecostal circles and exposed to the moving of the Holy Spirit, so I also learnt to respond to the Holy Spirit.   

I was home-schooled for three of my primary school years, and then spent my intermediate and high school at Tuakau College.

Over the years my relationship with God really grew, due to my personal devotions and revelations I had from God.  High school was challenging as I made the decision I was going to stick to my standards, and in doing so I was able to be a real witness for Christ by the way I lived my life.

I finished school and worked for a year, then I decided to pursue my passion of working in the outdoors and with people by studying Adventure Tourism in Nelson. Again I decided I wasn't going to compromise my beliefs and so I stood strong at Polytech, even at the cost of not always feeling a part of things.  I became a youth leader at a church in Motueka, which put my youth leadership training from my old church into practice, and fulfilled my desire to reach out to youth in the community.

 After the Adventure Tourism course, I decided to become a kayak guide and take on the lifestyle of turning up to work in bare feet and board shorts, and spend my days with awesome people either chilling on the beach or taking in the amazing views of the national park from on the water.  Because three months of summer wasn't enough I took off to Camp America in Connecticut and worked with kids as a counsellor and kayak instructor.  I met the most amazing people from all over the world and really had an experience of a lifetime.

After that, I had a great opportunity to co-ordinate a kids’ camp at Bethany Park in Kaiteriteri—an amazing chance, not only to input into kids’ lives, but also a great excuse to be a big kid again.

I am really passionate about working with people, especially kids and youth, and helping them to realise their potential, and for them to gain confidence in who they are.  Through being a church youth leader and getting involved in kids camps, I really am able to fulfil the desire I have for people to understand that there is a purpose and plan for their lives.