City Camp at St. Gabriel’s
By Melissa Wilcox
Part of our Redeemer Youth Program involves mission trips. In past summers, we have traveled to the Dominican Republic and run a Spanish-speaking Vacation Bible School for under-served children in San Pedro De Macoris. This year, our youth felt called to serve Philadelphia children through our diocese’s City Camp Program.
For the week of June 28 -July 3, our youth and chaperones will serve as camp counselors at St. Gabriel’s Parish in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. The City Camp program opens its doors, quite literally, to children who would otherwise be stuck inside and at home during the summer. Children from the neighborhood pour into the church for four weeks. They are given a safe, clean, and fun place to play and learn. Our youth will assist with sports, arts and crafts, and water play, while pouring bug juice and wiping up popsicle spills. They will also help by teaching Bible stories and sharing God’s love for all of creation with the children of the neighborhood.
Please join us in praying for our youth as they undertake this important ministry at St. Gabriel’s Church, 101 E. Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia.
City Camp Fundraising Dinner Report
Many thanks to all those who made our Taste of St. Gabe’s a rousing success. We had 47 attendees, over fifteen youth chefs and servers, and guests from the diocese and from St. Gabriel’s parish. We raised enough money to sponsor the camp for the week we will volunteer. Special thanks to Jan Clarke, Stephen Cadwalader, Carol Chew, Bill Susskind, and David Randolph.