Caterpillar is a community arts group for kids aged 8 and upward. The formula is simple: you become part of a community and use stories from the Bible as prompts to make various kinds of art. In recent years, our shows have consisted of films, original songs and dances. The films have come from scripts based on the best of the drama improvisations the kids in the group have done through the year.
Since 1998, Caterpillar has put on 20 productions, which have included about 90 original songs and just under 40 short films. (Not that we’re counting.)
To share this work, we have family socials and celebrations throughout the year.
We hope Caterpillar is a community where you feel respected and cared for, and while you’re having fun being creative, we hope that you’ll grow in self-confidence, in trusting one another and in getting to know more about Jesus.
(Note: Caterpillar’s weekly community arts group for young people is having a sabbatical. God willing, we’ll be relaunching in early 2021.)
What Parents Say
From when he joined aged 9, our son had a great 5 years being part of Caterpillar. He really enjoyed the Tuesday evening weekly get-togethers, and Caterpillar enabled him to meet and mix with children from other schools in a safe and caring environment.
We saw his confidence to speak in public grow, particularly through taking part in the Christian-based drama productions, and the kids particularly love the filming for the annual show.
The leaders at Caterpillar are genuinely caring and compassionate towards the children, perceptive of each child’s personality and needs, and encourage them to grow in confidence.
Family and friends are invited to the summer show, an opportunity to see the kids in action, as well as to the November firework party, the Christmas and end of year parties held for the kids which they look forward to. All of this creates a real sense of community.
My son has been part of Caterpillar for the last 7 years. I have watched him grow from a shy young man into a confident teenager. The kindness and enthusiasm shown by the leaders has been inspiring. I truly recommend this to all parents who want their children to be part of a diverse group of young people.
What Kids Say
In a show, once you’re out there, it’s a really good feeling. Sarah (12)
I’ve been part of Caterpillar since I was ten, and I still love it. Matthew (15)
It’s a Drama and Arts club, but at the same time you learn about God. Mia (11)
You get to improvise a lot, and I like that. Angus (9)
It’s fun being with people, making friends. Erin (12)
In shows so far, I’ve played electric guitar, acted and danced. Tim (15)
I have really enjoyed my years at Caterpillar. It has been great for me to make friends and to grow in confidence and as a person. Thank you to everyone at Caterpillar for making the past 8 years enjoyable every Tuesday. Matthew (18)
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