Randy Williams of Olive Grove Church spent several days watching youths of all ages enjoy throwing Frisbees, catching footballs and getting wet while trying to dodge a water balloon. There was a lot of laughter and excitement in the air thanks to two churches’ devotion towards young people.
Olive Grove Church in Clinton and Barefoot Church of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., hosted its Xtreme Kids Camp. Generation 4:12, the youth team from Barefoot Church, visited Clinton from July 25 through July 29. The purpose was to spread the message of God and to provide fun activities in the process. Some of them included kickball with a water slide for bases, water balloon dodgeball and art projects. A devotion was held as well.
“We get to do positive things in the community and positive things with the kids,” said Williams, an organizer from Olive Grove Church. “I think the kids are getting an exposure that broadens their horizons.”
Also, Williams said they get exposed to God during the camp.
“I think any kind of exposure we get from God helps to point us in the right direction,” Williams said.
The recent camp is the second time the churches connected. Last year, 30 youngsters attended. Church leaders were able to increase that total this year, with more than 140 signed up.
Ann Black, an organizer from Barefoot Church, added that the camp was about giving the children a fun experience. She indicated that some may be a little timid about getting involved with a church.
“This is a way to bring the church to the community,” Black said. “The church is not a building, it’s people.”
Black said everyone leading the camp learned about the “Armor of God” concept.
“We’re teaching them how to put on that daily armor and the spiritual battles that they face every single day,” she said. “They’re doing it in a positive way and not falling prey to what the world tells us.”
Black said the camp taught young people how to be leaders while getting out of their comfort zone.
Chenoa Emanuel, a member of Olive Grove and camp leader, said it was a good experience while pointing out the success they had reaching out to people.
“We’re just trying to reach out and get people closer to God and come to church as well,” Emanuel said.
Shondarius Randolph, a youth leader from Olive Grove Church, said he enjoyed showing children the love of God.
“There are people that love them and people that actually care,” Randolph said.
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