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First Presbyterian Church to offer free day camp

Published 10:58am Thursday, July 11, 2013

Day camp is coming to the First Presbyterian Church, and the weeklong program is free for all kindergarten through middle school age children.

“It’s like bringing the expereince of camp here,” said Carol Mallory, youth director for the First Presbyterian Church.

The camp, which Mallory said will have a Vacation Bible School atmosphere, is set for July 29 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Mallory said they have space for at least 100 children.

“It’s a whole curriculum,” Mallory said. “It’ll be a Bible study, skits, crafts, playing – all kinds of things you do at camp.”

Robert S. Hay is head over the camps for the Central Alabama Presbytery. He said the day camps follow five weeks of residential camps hosted by the presbytery. Day camp is run by college age counselors.

“It’s a way for First Presbyterian Church to not only reach their children but children in the community,” Hay said. “They’ll have small group time and Bible study time. We like to teach them in a way that doesn’t feel quite like school. They’ll act out Bible stories and do crafts.”

The camp will include lunch and two snacks each day.

Mallory said the camp will teach children “stories from the Bible, how to be good people and all the aspects of being a Christian.”

“Kids are getting bored before school starts back, and it’s just a fun week for them,” Mallory said. “A lot of kids don’t get to go to camp and have that experience.”

Hay said they decided to award the camp to Alexander City because of the increased interest in the residential camps, and they want to increase the feeling that people in a local Presbyterian church are part of something bigger.

“The Presbyterian church is a connectional church, and that means part of the way we do church is we come together at a presbytery level to try to do ministry together,” Hay said. “This is a way that the presbytery can help Alexander City enhance what they’re already doing. Part of the reason, for me, is I believe if a young person might not know about camp, if we can expose them to these wonderful college counselors, next year they might say, ‘Hey, I want to go to residential camp.’”

Registration for camp will take place July 29 at 8 a.m. at the church building, 371 Jefferson St.

“It’s just open for any children who want to come,” Mallory said. “It’s a good outreach for the community.”

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