Outreach Through Music & Arts Camp

Outreach Through Music & Arts Camp

by the Rev. Nancy Streufert, deacon at Christ Church, Eureka

The Christ Episcopal Church campus in Eureka came alive with the sound of children’s voices during the recent music and arts camp, held July 21 – 25, 2014 with this year's theme “The Spark of Creation.” Christ Church is in its fifth year of this outreach ministry that offers a morning day camp in the summer for children in the community entering the first through sixth grades.

The children were divided into three groups that rotated daily through classes taught by professional and experienced children’s music and art teachers in keyboarding, drawing, painting and group singing. On the final day of camp, families and friends were invited to an open house to experience some of the children’s accomplishments, including a showing of their art work and a festive barbecue to celebrate the joy of the children’s creativity.

The mission of our camp ministry is to facilitate the process of awakening the creative spirit in the children of our community in a safe and loving environment. Besides generous donations from individual church members, major funding for the camp came from Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) and Episcopal Community Services (ECS), a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. ECS provides congregations in the diocese with mission development grants for health and social ministry programs in their local communities.

 

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