ON 31 JULY the Wellers Hill – Tarragindi congregation marked 10 years since the formation of a very successful and popular children’s ministry.
The JAFFA (Jesus A Friend For All) Club began as a way to reconnect with young people who had been part of the annual
holiday club run by the church.
Stephanie Kennedy, who has been there since the beginning, said it has grown and changed over the years.
“JAFFA Club started out as an idea by our then student minister Bradley Foote and members of the Church Council who had seen an opportunity to connect weekly with the children who came every year to our Holiday Club,” she said.
“It has grown from an average attendance of 9 children to an average weekly attendance of 65 in recent years.”
The inter-generational worship service involved a number of creative elements led by the children as well as a video message from Mr Foote reminiscing and ref ecting on how the ministry has grown.
The ministry now incorporates a “walking bus” from Wellers Hill State School, which attracts children from the congregation, the school and nearby suburbs.
Photo : Stephanie Kennedy and Rev Peter Arnett (far right) with original Jaffa Club members Cameron Keogh and Josh Wood. Photo by Matt Gees