When schools let out for the summer, many families are faced with decisions of what to do for their children. That’s where churches in Upson County are stepping in, engaging children of all ages in summer camps and Vacation Bible Schools. More than 15 churches have provided activities for children this summer.
For example, this year brought the third annual summer ministry for Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and the 10th annual year for New Life Church’s High Impact summer ministry.
Mt. Mariah, with Pastor Edward Searcy II, brought C.A.S.F. to more than 100 children in the community. What does CASF stand for? Christian, Academic, Social, and Fitness Development. Pastor Searcy stated Christian development refers to Bible lessons and scriptural learning. Academic development entails learning the basic skills in Reading, Math, Writing, and Social Science. Social skills involve learning to adapt to others’ personality, picking up trash in the community, giving out care packages, and visiting nursing home residents. Athletic development includes teaching healthy eating habits and being health conscious throughout life.
Mt. Mariah has been busy carrying its summer camp children around the community to various events, including teaching them respect by taking them to the Thomaston-Upson Airport when the body of Army PFC. Monterrious T. Daniel was flown in for burial. Recently, the ministry showed its appreciation to local public safety personnel.
New Life brought the attention of their children’s camp with two words: “High Impact!” Pastor Greg Smith enjoys bringing joy to the heart and minds of children. He stated, “They are our leaders of today and not just tomorrow!” The children’s ministry brought fun, games, scriptures and invitation to the Lord by associating with the people of the communities.
They chose three communities this year to minister in: Farview Apartments, the Lincoln Park community and onsite events at New Life. Each event was a success and many lives came to Jesus, along with the children having fun. Pastor Greg continued with his activities by providing High Impact Vacation Bible School, including the basic four methods of learning in school, Biblical studies, social studies, sciences, advanced math skills such as Algebra, budgeting and economics by certified teachers and professors within the church. The children continued with trips by class depending on age, such as Braves games, swimming, visiting college campuses, and summer camping trips to Camp Grace. Pastor Greg continues to believe in bridging generational gaps with diverse cultures in this and other communities.
Silvertown Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Caspers brought a unique singing group and community service group, New Wind, from Birmingham, Alabama to help beautify Thomaston and show the children it is not always about money. Service with a heart is what they brought to the community and continuation of service through the Soup Kitchen.
Greater Mt. Zion took their children on a trip to Selma, Alabama. Faith Clinic always provide children ministry through camp and bring talents from professional basketball players to the community. Stonewell, Macedonia, St. Mary, East Thomaston, First Assembly, New Bethel, Fellowship, Friendship, First Baptist, First Presbyterian and others also provided children ministries throughout Thomaston.
Shirley Russell can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or email@example.com.