One Week of Service is a focused week of different service projects and opportunities in and around the Greater Richmond area. The camp is open to children who completed grades 3-5.
Re-Cap of One Week of Service 2018
Twelve children participated in this year’s One Week of Service (July 9-13), a hands-on service experience for children who completed grades 3-5. Our outings took us from the James River to Shalom Farms to our Presbytery’s Camp Hanover. We worked in the church garden and delivered food to a local food pantry. We played some games and shared a craft with the residence of Spring Arbor and spent some time at the mall doing a random act of kindness for complete strangers. It was a hot, busy week, but we grew together and discovered what it means to serve even when we are uncomfortable. An added bonus to this year’s week was trying our hands at bead-making, similar to the beads made from cereal boxes in Haiti. While some of us were successful in crafting beautiful beads, we learned how inferior our beads were to those made by Haitians and we were slow, extremely slow, in making a respectful bead. Bead-making would not be a profitable business adventure for us!
Re-Cap of One Week of Service 2017
A full camp of fifteen children participated in Salisbury’s second One Week of Service opportunity June 26-30, 2017. Activities included playing bingo and making sensory bottles with the residents at The Laurels, a Random Act of Kindness activity at Chesterfield Town Center Mall, and visiting and interacting with the animals at the Richmond Animal League. Children also worked in our SPC garden, learned about and sorted food at the food bank at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, helped sort items for the Remote Area Medical Mission at Redeemer Episcopal Church, and then learned about being good stewards of God’s creation and helped clean a hiking trail at Camp Hanover. While children were at our church, they participated in Bible studies and high energy games. It was an exhausting week for everyone, but a very rewarding week. And in the words of children who participated in the week, “This was the best camp ever!”