Area churches offer service and fun opportunities for teens
Service opportunities and fun activities are in store for area teens when Summer Stretch is held on six days this summer. Registration is under way.
Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and St. Philip’s Lutheran Church are sponsoring Summer Stretch, a six-week service and recreational program intended to expose youths to service work while providing a safe environment to socialize and create fellowship with peers.
The program is open to all students who have completed grades 5 to 8 in the 2013-2014 academic year. It will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, from June 18 to July 30 (no session July 2).
Each day begins with morning devotion, then departing for service project, followed by an afternoon of fun.
Possible service sites include Feed My Starving Children, Arc Value Village (thrift stores which support ARC of the Greater Twin Cities), Regina Hospital, and vacation Bible school. Recreational sites include Grand Slam, Cascade Bay Waterpark, Welch mill tubing, Nickelodeon Universe and the Minnesota Zoo.
Volunteer peer leaders are needed to assist at the sessions. They help provide supervision and support at afternoon events. Adult volunteers are also needed to assist with supervision. They must complete a background check and attend training.
The cost for Summer Stretch is $150 or $30 per day and includes T-shirt, admission to each recreational site and transportation. Participants bring their own lunch to each session. Attendees must participate in three previous sessions to attend the final Valleyfair day July 30. The registration deadline is May 31.
Additional information is available from the participating churches.