Children's Ministry

Children and Youth Summer Line Up

Summertime for Apostles including multiple summer camp opportunities for children and youth.

I sit here relishing in the beauty of the snow but my thoughts and my heart are already turned to summer and to the longer stretches of time we have with our children both from the nuclear family’s perspective as well as the church family.  Summertime affords the greatest opportunity to fulfill the biblical expression of family discipleship so beautifully stated in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Apostles has a long history of offering Summer Camp opportunities that not only disciple children and youth but also provide ways in which the youth and adults can lead and disciple others. This approach clearly embraces the Apostles mission statement “ Disciples of Jesus, discipling in love”. 

It is my dream to create seamless multi-generational opportunities for the church community to be engaged.  Below are some of the steps toward realizing this dream.  We will start at the top and work our way down.


For all ages:

What:               Family Nights

Where:             Pender offices/Willow Spring Gym

When:              select Friday nights

Why:                To be family, in community, to share the fellowship of Christ with others. Romans 12:5, Hebrews 10:24-25

For Youth rising 7th grade-graduated seniors

What:               Camp Booyah

Where:             Watermarks Camp 1145 James River Rd, Scottsville, VA 24590

https://campbooyah.blogspot.com/2017/07/next-year-watermarks-camp.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=152&v=2MWh2-DbxBI

When:              June 16-21, 2019 

Why:                http://campbooyah.com/

Cost:                $429.00

Commitment deadline:  January 30, 2019, written and deposit of $50.00

For Elementary through middle school (rising 3rd-rising 8th)

What:               Camp Highroad

Where:             21164 Steptoe Hill Rd, Middleburg, VA 20117

When:              August 4-9 2019

Why:                God is faithful in bringing about His plan. Genesis 37-50

Cost:                $425.00

Commitment deadline:  April 22, 2019, written commitment and payment directly to Camp Highroad

For preschool and younger elementary

What:               Backyard Bible Club

Where:             TBD

When:              Tentatively July 8-12, 2019

Why:                To bring the gospel of Jesus to our neighborhoods, 

 

More detailed information will come out in 2 weeks.  Apostles is partnering with outside resources so it is imperative that we have firm deadline dates for commitments. As is our history, scholarships will be available for all programs that incur a cost.

I am so looking forward to this summer.  I have great expectations for what the Lord will do in and through all of us as we live out our mission.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at kcolligan@churchoftheapostles.orgor call the church office, 703-591-1974. 

Love Like Jesus

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep."
John 21:15-17 ESV

This scripture lovingly illustrates the service that several of us provide on a monthly basis at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. On the fourth Wednesday evening at 6:45-7:15, we arrive to provide childcare for the families residing at the center. When we first started going, we arrived with projects and programs to fill the time. Well, we quickly learned that was not what was needed. These children ages 1 through age 11 just needed our undivided attention, a snack and genuine love and care. Volunteering on those Wednesday is all about relationships not program.  Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." We demonstrate love and genuine interest in the parents as they drop off their kids. We tend these little sheep by talking, reading, holding and playing with them. And finally we do feed them by providing a nutritious snack.

Each time we arrive, we are greeted by rambunctious kids and often world weary parents. The days are long and difficult and often discouraging for the families. So, we are there to provide a respite. In January, there wasn’t a meeting but we held childcare anyway.  Several moms dropped off their kids with a big thank you and whispered, I am going to take a shower and have a few minutes to myself. What a simple gift.

Our team of volunteers could use a least 3 members. As schedules and responsibilities change over the course of a year, we have schedules to juggle. The time required is usually one time per month, the 4th Wednesday of the month, beginning at 6:45-8:15. We have a rotating schedule so that no one needs to go each month, only if you want. There are two requirements for volunteering: 1. You must have completed the Diocesan required Child Protection Training and/or re-training and 2. You need to be VERY flexible. No month has been the same as the previous.  We always leave better than when we arrived because the children bring joy, laughter and life, and serving the Lord through these little ones brings us more into His presence. The Katherine Hanley Shelter is located at 12970 Katherine Hanley Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030, off Rt. 29 about 1 mile west of Costco.

If you would like to consider volunteering or know more, please contact Kristin Colligan.