Summer of Service and Fun
FPCA youth and children minister to others and enjoy fellowship BY KATHY SCHMIED
“When I was there, I was at the most peace I had been in all year, not to mention the work done there helps the community as well as the
environment.” —TREY CLEVER
6 MISSION MORNINGS AND WORK CAMPS
Both middle school and high school youth had lots of opportunities to spread God’s love, serve others, and stretch themselves in different situations throughout the summer. Middle schoolers gathered every Tuesday morning and high schoolers on Wednesday mornings to serve in our community. Tey did it all—mucking out stalls at Gress Mountain Ranch, setting up for a picnic and playing games with residents at Phoebe Home, making funny fruit faces with children at the Refugee Center, sorting diapers at Jerusalem House, stocking the food pantry and cleaning the worship space at Everlasting Life Ministry, filling food bags at the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, and weeding at the Sixth Street Shelter.
Middle School Work Camp at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY, was a totally unique experience. Te 17 youth and adult leaders lived in the multifaith community and learned a lot about food justice while serving at the Center through weeding, clearing a slope, and painting steps. Highlights included morning meditation, evening Bible study with Rick, and Nuke ’Em Volleyball!
For High School Work Camp, 23 youth and leaders traveled to CROSS Mission in Charlotte, NC, where they served eight different agencies in that community. Beds for Kids, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Samaritan House, the Urban Walk, and Friendship Trays were among their favorites. Before returning home, they ended on a high note with a day at Carowinds Amusement Park.
Service is an important part of the lives and hearts of our FPCA youth, and this summer provided many ways to bless others.
Photo at top left: Anna-Maria Haddad with a child while serving in Charlotte, NC, at High School Work Camp. Middle: Lency Tankwa helping to clear the hillside at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY, during Middle School Work Camp. Right: High School youth serving at a senior facility in Charlotte during High School Work Camp.
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