‘It takes a Community’ is a new initiative by St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton to create a space where children and families can get to know one another, have fun and grow as a community overall through a wide variety of activities.
Sarah Irwin, Child and Family Ministry Coordinator, is developing new engaging programs that, while operating out of the church facility, are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliations or personal beliefs.
Irwin pursuing a Bachelors of Education has experience running child care programming that helps develop the character of future citizens to become positive members of the community.
Throughout the month of June, the after-school program offers children an opportunity to work on numeracy and literacy skills through a series of different fun games and activities.
On Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., parents, guardians and child care providers are welcome for an informal play-day with their infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Then, on Friday, June 23rd it’s pizza and painting from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. where the whole family can create a collaborative piece of art together.
There will also be a family BBQ with ‘make-and-take-crafts’ on June 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and then, on the 29th it’s Movie Night where you can come out with your sleeping bag and take in a movie and snacks.
Throughout July on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. it’s Vacation Bible School for children ages five to 10 where children learn stories and messages from the bible through games, stories, crafts that are Christian based and enjoy snacks.
Wednesdays in July are all about Community Builders for children ages three to six through playing games, doing activities and, for the adults, it’s a chance to meet socially and discuss how we can help build a strong community while working on character building.
Thursdays in July are ‘Education Encounters’ for ages six to 10 and each week focuses on a different theme. It is all about encouraging children to think critically in fun and engaging ways.
For complete information or information on how to volunteer, call 519-797-2984 or Sarah at 519-375-7707 or visit Facebook at ‘The Anglican Regional Ministry of Saugeen Shores, Tara & Chatsworth or drop by St. Paul’s office at 248 High St., Southampton.