Our youth are some of the brightest and best in the QC! It has been a joy to see them grow and change and learn over the years. On a weekly basis, many of them will stop by to say hey, hang out for a bit, meet for tutoring or music lessons, and to share a meal with us. Summertime is pretty busy for our youth as we take lots of trips, retreats, and engage in serving our neighbors in different ways. As we continue to be enriched by their laughter, their teachings, and their love, our hope is that their lives will be imprinted with the presence of God as we share in this life together.
Every Wednesday, K-12th graders are invited to devos at “The Treehouse” (2910 Parkway Avenue). We begin with dinner at 5:30pm, then we play games, and divide into age appropriate groups to engage in Bible study, discussion, crafts, and prayer. We hope to foster fellowship, growth, and Biblical imagination in our young people. Devos finish at about 7:00pm.
We have a variety of entertaining and enriching activities for our youth group all year long; these activities include field trips, service opportunities, girls’ sleepover, and other celebrations. The big summer enrichment trip for 2014 is going to be a trip to New York City; we hope to explore and discover some unconventional places where people have allowed their creative juices flow, and where they have felt welcomed, and sensed God at work in different ways.
We have successfully developed a relationship and partnership with Freedom School Partners (FSP). FSP is a nonprofit organization that designs six weeks of summer enrichment and literacy programming for K-8th graders. FSP strives to provide summer learning opportunities for children in order to reduce summer learning loss and to help empower the children to succeed.
The Family Tree hosted a Freedom School site for the first time in 2013, and we are working hard to ensure that we can do it again in 2014! If you would like to partner with us in our FSP endeavors, please call or e-mail us.
You could possibly read a book to our Freedom School scholars, purchase supplies and snacks, or volunteer your time, skills, and expertise.
Some of our enrichment activities are listed and briefly explained below:
Out of school activities– We provide a fun activity for youth and children on the days when they are out of school, such as national holidays, snow days, and spring break.
Summer activities– We always have something planned for the kids on summer days, such as: community service, pool, movies, field trips, messy day, mystery adventures. For elementary aged children, we host Freedom School.
Girls’ night– Once a year we host a sleepover for girls; we participate in fun and educational activities through the night.
Fall retreat– This is a weekend set aside for fellowship, reflection, and growth with kids from another youth group
College tour– A late Fall/early Winter visit to a nearby college, in order to explore and envision
Halloween party– Games, snacks, crafts, candy, and books are provided to children on Halloween.
Superbowl party– We host a Superbowl party for the neighbors every year.
Gardening– We tend a garden with neighbor’s help, in an effort to spark creativity and build an inspiring and welcoming environment
Share day– Every Spring, we invite neighbors and supporters of our ministry to come and share resources, belongings, expertise, time, stories, talent, etc. with one another.