One of our youth ministries has been KOTH – "Kids-on-the Hill" Club, established as a mid-week after-school programme for children aged JK-Grade 8. Recently this outreach was cancelled in large part due to the difficulty faced by any after-school ministry – the on-going challenge of the time it takes to transport children to the church. Rural parents, in particular, struggle with work schedules and other transportation issues in order to drop the kids off in a timely manner. Session is currently considering a revision to this valued programme.
In place of KOTH, recently we started Camp Nassagaweya on PA/PD Days (professional activity and development days for teachers), from 8 am to 5 pm. We offer music, skits, crafts, games, and stories. This is a free ministry to the families in our rural community, but we do mention that a freewill offering would assist us in planning camps in the future. The children are asked to bring a lunch (a light breakfast and an afternoon snack are provided), weather-appropriate clothes, running shoes, and a water bottle. The first day attracted 16 children, and the second day 20 children. We rejoice in this good beginning and ask you to pray for us as we plan more Day Camps in the fall.
— George Myers, RF Board Member and Treasurer <firstname.lastname@example.org>