This program is on the second Friday of each month (5:30 to 8 p.m. at 550 West Main St., North Adams) from October through May for children ages five and above. It is a night out for parents, and a night in for children. The group gathers together for a meal, service-learning activity for the community or a national cause, and does crafts and other activities surrounding a Bible verse. For more information, or to register your child(ren) for the program, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendars:
October 12 – Community Asset Mapping
November 9 – Caring for Our Elders
December 14 – Santa’s Workshop (Location: TBD)
January 11 – Art for Change
February 8 – Read-a-thon
March 8 – Feeding the Hungry
April 12 – Valuing All in Our Community
May 10 – Planting Party
*Themes subject to change based on current events
“My 9-year-old son and my 6-year-old daughter have participated in the Ready, Set, Serve summer camp for two years, as well as in Friday Night Alive during the school year last year. They have loved all of it, without exception, and I am so happy that they have found a community like this to be a part of, where they can learn and grow in their faith with other children, of various ages, on a regular basis.
Every month, and in the summer, they learn in a concrete way what it means to be the hands of Christ, that we show (and grow in) our faith in how we care for our neighbors and our community and our planet. They are beginning to understand the meaning of social justice (yay for social justice journals!) and what that means in a Christian context. Best of all, perhaps, they have fun, they have made friends, and they carry what they have learned with them — I know, because it comes up in conversation regularly.
I am so grateful to New Hope for the experiences they have given to Aodhan and Ella, and for the time and care and love that they put into the Ready, Set, Serve and Friday Night Alive programs. Both of them are looking forward to another year of Friday Night Alive!”
-Sarah Nix, parent of youth involved in New Hope’s Childrens Programming
New Hope is hosting a Service Learning Camp, titled “Ready, Set, Serve.”
We have designed this week-long day camp to help children understand how serving others is an important way of showing how they can love both God and neighbor. Through story, art, games, and gardening we will explore the social justice concerns of environmental care and community hunger, while learning how to prepare to serve, how to organize a service project, and why we serve.
Our theme of “Fruits of the Spirit” will help us learn how we can cultivate lives through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives in ways that impact our families and communities.
If you have further questions or would like to register your child(ren) for this camp, please contact Ashley Rice (email@example.com) or 413.458.3183.
Details of Ready, Set, Serve “God’s Green Earth”
Days: July 30 - August 3, 2018
Time: Camp begins at 9 a.m. and runs through to 3 p.m. (there is a shorter option for younger children) Children will need to bring a sack lunch. Two snacks (morning and afternoon) will be provided.
Place: 192 State Street, North Adams
Cost: The cost of the camp is $75 (or $150 for a family of three or more). Each child is responsible for bringing his/her own lunch. Snacks will be provided (according to dietary and allergy needs) in the morning and afternoon.
Volunteers: Yes, volunteers are needed to help. If you would like to volunteer at all during these times please contact Pastor Courtney Randall at PastorC@new-hopeumc.org.
Registration: Please fill out the form for each child participating in the camp. Space is limited.
Supervision: As a church we abide by Safe Sanctuary procedures for the safety of the children and those volunteering. Each small group will have “shepherds” which are youth who will be taking them to the different activities. There will be volunteers leading each station during the camp.