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This is Good News! A Story from Shay Anderson at The Park Church, Sherwood Park, Alberta

Children being instructed at an Art Day Camp at The Park Church.

Last summer, The Park Church hosted our annual Art Day Camp. We partnered with local artists who attend our congregation and opened this day camp to the community. The camp offered instruction in drawing techniques, watercolour and acrylic painting, and clay sculpting. The camp also included fun crafts, games and a Bible theme. This year's theme was The Potter's Clay based on Jeremiah 18. After carefully and simply explaining the gospel, it was presented to a group of 42 children. I'm happy to report that seven children received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour for the first time. This was very encouraging and rewarding to be a part of.  Some of these families also registered their children in our AWANA program which commences in the fall. 

Shay Anderson is the Children’s & Families Pastor at The Park Church in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Except for a one-year break due to COVID, The Park Church has been offering Art Camp since 2016. Kids in the community often join the church’s midweek discipleship program as a result of going to Art Camp.

Children sitting at tables at the Art Day Camp held at The Park Church.Art Day Camp sign which reads "The Potter's Clay".

This story was originally shared in the article “Everyday Children’s Ministry Heroes” by Kathy Zelman of the PAOC’s ABNWT District. Photos are courtesy of The Park Church.

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