With school coming to an end, we are right at the unofficial beginning of summer. The pandemic has greatly impacted all of us, and it has certainly taken a toll on our children and our families. This last year and a half has been a very unusual and scary time for all.  Being unable to go to school in-person, play outside, and see friends, even people at church, has added to the stress.

Now is the time of year that every child loves… It is  SUMMERTIME!  School is ending and there is FREE time!  Summertime is time for FUN and being outdoors—and this year especially is a great time to get outside!  No more school!  NO more Zooms!  NO virtual VBS this year!   It is time to get out of the house!  It is time to get outside!  It is time to have some FUN!!!  

As we begin to emerge from the isolation of the past year and a half, my goal this summer at SSUMC is to create as many opportunities as I can to hang out and reconnect with our children and our families.

Lunch With Ms. Marie 

It has been a long year and a half! I miss all of the children and cannot wait to see them again and to catch up.  One way to do this, is to have lunch together over the summer at your house or on the church grounds.   Lunch with Ms. Marie will begin July 6. Click on this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944ACAC29A3F58-lunch

Kool Kidz Club

Kids are invited to join me at the church in small groups for fun activities (arts and crafts, science experiments, and more) beginning July 8.  Sign up is required in advance due to safety protocols and to ensure that we have enough supplies on hand for each child.  Click on this link to register:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0944ACAC29A3F58-kool


This year, instead of Vacation Bible School, I am EXCITED to bring to our families Compassion Camp.

What is Compassion Camp: Compassion Camp is a program where kids, neighborhood families and church families explore what it means to have compassion for ourselves, others, and the world through Bible stories, art, games, exercise and more.  Compassion Camp is like VBS, but a lot easier.

How does it work:  You form “PODS”  (small groups) in your neighborhood with your friends, neighbors, and church families.  Once your POD is formed, you decide on your schedule and let Ms. Marie know your dates.

When is Compassion Camp held:  Whatever date(s) fit the schedule for your POD.  It can be a full week, one day a week for 5 weeks, 4 days, 3 days, etc. Your POD decides.

Who leads Compassion Camp:  You do! A family team can lead.  Get another parent to co-lead with you.  Or, get a youth to help out.  It is up to you.

What is great about Compassion Camp:  The FUN!  The FELLOWSHIP! Finally be able to hang out with other kids and families in a small “POD”.  And, it is so much easier than VBS.

What supplies are needed: All Supplies needed will be provided for each POD.  You just need to contact Ms. Marie, in advance of your start date, to let her know how many people are in your POD.

Can Compassion Camp be held at Church:  YES!  Your POD can run Compassion Camp on the church grounds.  It does not have to be in your neighborhood.  Just clear the dates with Ms. Marie in advance.

What if I need help:  Ms. Marie will be available to help all PODS.  She may even pop in.

Compassion Camp is in need of co-leaders to make this work. Please contact me if you are interested.  Still not sure? Let me know and I will email you the first lesson so that you can see how easy Compassion Camp is to run.  Or, contact me if you are looking for a POD for your child.

Questions? Contact Marie Matthews, Director of Children and Family Ministries at  mmatthews@silverspringumcp.org