KOOTINGAL school students may be on holidays, but they are still learning important lessons this week.
St Andrew’s Anglican Church in the village is running a kids’ club with a Wild West theme between 9am and noon, teaching children about the “Good Sheriff” – Jesus.
Reverend Allan Beaven said it was a take on the Good Shepherd.
“The aim is to try to help the kids see a picture of Jesus and how he is the one who cares for the kids, who helps the kids to put their trust in him to care for them and to protect them,” he said.
“The sheriff protects the people and when they get in trouble, he has to deal with that also.
“We do songs, games, memory verses and craft all around that theme for the week.”
Helping to run the club are 12 young people, including those visiting from Sydney.
Reverend Beaven said they had given up their holiday time to help run the program and they hoped it would be an annual event.
“The young people are from St James’ Anglican Church in Croydon and they have been doing it for many years at Tambar Springs, but couldn’t keep doing it there. There was an opportunity to keep the link going with the North West and we were given the opportunity to form that link,” he said.
“This will be the first year of many, we hope, and we encourage other children to come.”
The program will run today and tomorrow from 9am to noon.
Anyone who wants to join in can sign their children in, with all activities provided at no cost.
Tonight there is a free family and community barbecue at 5pm at the church on Gate St, Kootingal.