On May 20th and 27th we will host our fourth annual baseball skills camp and we’re excited to get out onto the ball diamonds! If you haven’t been a part of our camp in the past, we’d love for you to come out and join us! The baseball skills camp is for youth ages 5 to 12. It is held from 9am to noon at William McCulloch Park. At the camp, we teach baseball skills at beginner to intermediate levels, so it can be a way to introduce the sport for those who haven’t played it or serve as a warm-up for children who play softball during the summer. We work on batting, throwing, catching and also some game situation drills.
At our camps we put an emphasis on FUN! Our volunteers have a passion for the sport and love to pass this on to youth in a positive environment. Each day also includes a devotion time; when one of our leaders will give a message about how the Bible applies to our lives. The Good News message in the Bible is also a passion of ours that we like to share. This may be something new to some children (or parents), but we encourage everyone to consider what the Bible says and understand the hope and fulfillment it brings to life.
We would love for you to join us! Register your youth ages 5 to 12 here.
Throughout scripture we see many horticultural and farming references. These are evident in the descriptions of the largely agrarian culture of God’s people in the Old Testament as well as in the imagery of sowing seeds and reaping the harvest in the New Testament. It is not as if farming or gardening are special offices within God’s kingdom, but they are rather helpful in teaching dependence on God while building healthy cohesive communities. In a sense, it takes faith to put a small seed in some wetted dirt and expect something to happen, but each year, people take to their gardens and fields and do just that. While it comes with hard work and occasional failure, the resulting harvest always brings joy in food produced, knowledge gained and friendships formed.
Since 2015, we have had a vegetable garden on the church’s property. While gardening doesn’t begin on this plot until the end of May, the work actually starts in early April. At this time, the seniors of Westmount Terrace Retirement Residence plant seeds in small pots and containers in their building’s atrium. For about eight weeks the seniors tend to the young seedlings – prepping them for the transplant process after the final frost. The work is then passed on to some younger able bodies – ones with stronger backs – to dig, sow and plant. Throughout the summer, a weekly crew comes out to keep the process going: weeding, watering, pruning… and eventually picking and gathering the fresh produce. And so, the work for this garden is passed along through a group of various people (with a wide range of ages), but the exciting thing is that the harvest is also passed on – to those who need it most. Last year we were able to donate just over 1000 lbs to Neighbour to Neighbour food bank.
If you would like to be part of this process – at any step of the way – please feel free to join us. Old or young; whether you are an avid green-thumber or just a novice – all are welcome! For more information, contact us.