WOW!!! What an adventurous and God-filled summer we had at WMS in the Children’s Ministry! Starting with Camp Guilrock where rising second through rising fifth graders spent a week focusing on the One who can help us survive our many problems in school, with our friends, with our families, and in our church. We looked at Bible stories that can teach us how to survive criticism, bullying, greed, arguments, and more. But the best part about the camp was that almost all the teaching was outside -- through games, canoeing, crafts, snacks, hikes, and swimming! Fun with a capital F!
Vacation Bible School had us flying high Globetrotting with God where each day we hopped on a plane in the Fellowship Hall and went to “visit” a different country learning about the culture, doing mission projects to benefit our own community, and learning about how Jesus called each us of to love our neighbors across the ocean and right down the road. We went to Guatemala, India, Thailand, Bulgaria, and Kenya spreading God’s love, eating tasty snacks, doing science projects, playing games on the roof and there was even a day where we learned to belly dance!
Recognizing the unique needs of families with a special needs child, we started a new program this summer at WMS. Once a month, West Market Street United Methodist Church offers Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break to the Greensboro community. Buddy Break is a free kids program where kids with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, have fun playing games, hear and see great children’s stories, videos, music and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities usually for three hours.
And finally, we took a group of 4th and 5th graders to Washington DC where we focused on learning about those experiencing homelessness, the reasons why someone may be homeless and served with an agency that works with individuals and families who are transitioning into a home, cooked and served breakfast at a community kitchen, did a homeless simulation, and had two guest speakers come talk to the group about their first-hand experiences of being homeless. One of the most special parts of the trip came when our service plans for the day were canceled at the last minute and we were left with several hours of free time. We asked the kids what they thought we should we do and they all agreed we should take the lunches we had packed for ourselves and give them to people we saw on the streets and in parks! That really speaks volumes to the impact this trip was having on the kids and how their hearts were filling up with God’s love to share!
If you want to get a glimpse into what the summer really looked like for the WMS KIDS, check out all of our pictures on our Facebook page.