Livewires is a children’s activity club for 7-11 year olds (school years 3, 4, 5, 6) that began in 2001 and takes place in the Hall at DCF every Friday (term-time) from 6.00pm – 7.15pm. Numbers are limited to 30 children in order to give each child the attention they need.
The evening begins with registration (subs are £1) and then the children join in with some action songs which have proved to be very popular. This a nurture bed for budding singers and actors for the plays/musicals which the Livewires perform every year.
Other activities include various types of art and craft work which the children are then able to take home; fast games (both indoor and outdoor); quiet (!) games; quizzes; table top rallies; acting in teams; discussions and more. The purpose for the plays/ musicals/ discussions/ stories is to give the children an understanding of Christian ideals and morals which are not necessarily put forward in schools, so they can have a balanced view of the choices they have before them in their lives.
Every week a child is chosen as Livewire of the week depending on behaviour and helpfulness and receives a small prize. Every month the children are asked ten random questions and the one who gets the most marks is Livewire of the month and gets a prize. Each evening closes with a story and a prayer. The children have visited old people’s homes to sing to the residents and enjoy singing and acting in the previously mentioned plays/musicals.
Each year sees the Sports Day which takes place on the DCF field adjacent to the church. Some games included are the sack race; egg and spoon race; obstacle race; tunnel ball; skipping etc with cheering parents sat either side of the field. Younger children, Little Livewires and Youth Club all have a chance to run their own races too. Following the Sports Day there is a BBQ for parents, children and the Youth Club.
The children are encouraged to be friendly and tolerant with each other and to understand that they are all unique and important. This makes Livewires Club a place where all are welcome. The children are expected to keep simple rules:
- Listen to the leaders
- No shouting
- Stay inside hall unless gives permission to leave
- You must have fun!
Over the many years that Livewires have been meeting, keeping these rules has been sufficient to keep discipline and harmony between the kids and the leaders.
Livewires have received grants from The Kent Community Foundation, The East Kent Coalfields Community Chest and Awards for All. The leaders would like to thank these organisations for their financial help which has helped to create such a vibrant club for the young people of Deal.
The Livewires leaders are: Maureen Forder, Katie Clague, Shirley Smith and Sandra Viney. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01304 365226.