What is Pilots?
Pilots is a non-uniformed Christian organisation. It was set up by the London Missionary Society in response to fundraising efforts by children who were raising money towards the purchase of missionary ships for work in the South Pacific.
Why is it called Pilots?
Pilots take their name from nautical Pilots and was founded by the missionary John Williams. The London Missionary Society wanted to give something back to the children as a thank you for their fundraising efforts.
Who is Pilots for?
Each Pilots company is different in how they are run. At Vine our Pilots company is for children and young people ages 5-13 regardless of faith/no faith.
What are the aims of Vine Pilots company?
– To reach out to the local community through children and young people and build relationships between local families and the church
– To provide a flexible programme for children and young people which is fun, informative, educational and spiritual and allows children and young people to learn and express themselves through creative means such as art, craft and drama.
– To provide a programme which allows children and young people to not only be creative but build friendships with each other and learn to not only be understanding but inclusive of each other’s faiths and cultures.
– To develop leadership by providing volunteering opportunities/work experience for young people and young adults.
When do Vine Pilots meet?
Vine Pilots company meets every second Saturday of the month from 2-4pm.
What do Pilots do when they meet?
Our Programme follows a theme for each month which may also follow onto the next or several few months.
An example outline of our programme (may vary):
2pm – Arrival & registration followed by games
2:20pm – Story Time – Bible Passage or story and introduction to activities.
2:40pm – Activities – art, craft, drama etc. related to the theme
3:40pm – refreshments – biscuit and drink
3.45pm – together time – show and tell followed by a short prayer.
4:00pm – Home time
Who are the leaders?
Our leaders consist of a group of volunteers who are Helpers/Young Leaders (aged 14-17) and Leaders (18+) from all faiths within the community. All leaders are DBS checked.
If you would like to volunteer please click on this link (to be added)