During August 2005, St Andrew's Church was transformed into a remote tropical island for a week, as 160 children aged from 5 upwards followed the maps and some puzzling clues to find the "treasure".
This year's Holiday Club was entitled "Landlubbers" and the theme through the week was the story of pirates searching for hidden treasure on a desert island. They discover the greatest treasure of all - knowing Jesus. That's what the apostle Paul discovered and shared with others through his letter to the Philippians.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the children enjoyed activities, drama, games, singing and praise in and around the church. Each day started and concluded with a noisy and colourful Pirates stage show in church, presented by the St Andrew's "Chatroom" group of young people. For the rest of the day, the children divided up into age groups and enjoyed fully supervised dance, crafts, sports, raft-building (on the River Ivel nearby!), story-time, samba drumming and a children's entertainer. Tuesday was also a fancy dress day, when the children came along dressed as pirates.
There was a change of scene on Thursday as 250 children, leaders and parents piled into five coaches for a day out at London Zoo.
The finale of the Holiday Club story was presented on Sunday morning at a crowded and noisy Holiday Club Family Service, when many of the children brought parents and friends with them to enjoy some of the Holiday Club songs and games one more time.