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Junior Retreat in Gales Ferry, Connecticut "We're a Rainbow, Made of Children"
SATURDAY Our Junior (3-6th grade) retreat this Fall took us to one of the most southern congregations in our mission center, Gales Ferry. We centered our weekend around youth and peace-seeking/protection. Even the youngest among us face some very difficult situations in their lives, and we want to start very early offering support and talking about taking care of ourselves and others through love & prayer. As a weekend kick-off of sorts, we witnessed a karate & self-defense demonstration. This was a big hit with the retreaters... especially the board breaking at the end AND a the youngest of the demonstrators, an 11-year old boy. After the demonstration, our retreaters moved into a "shield" craft. We each made a shield representing who we are, where we come from, and who we want to be. The shield had 3 categories, family, faith, and hobbies. The girls had a lot of fun with these throughout the weekend. After learning a new song "A Rainbow Made of Children" and learning a new scripture about putting on the "armor of God" which is full of peace for self and others, we headed off to a pool for some fun. Wanda, our host/pastor, turned into a seahorse. Who knew that was coming!? Our evening ended with supper, campfire, and two movies. Our first movie was a short one, the Camp Muddy Cove 2009 summer film "The Tale of the Missing Camper". Next, we snuggled in our sleeping bags and fell asleep to "Up". A good night! SUNDAY Sunday morning, we awoke to a yummy breakfast and one of our two community service projects. First, we made Christmas cards to send overseas to our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was especially meaningful as one of our weekend chaperones, Brandy, had received cards while serving overseas, AND one of our youth has a Dad who is in the military. During our Sunday morning worship, our retreaters participated fully in singing, receiving the morning offering, sharing about the weekend, helping with readings, and in all other ways listening & sometimes entertaining. Sunday afternoon was a very special time. For our second community outreach event, we extended our retreat. We adults were most impressed and inspired with the eagerness with which our girls reached out during our Christmas sing-a-long at a local nursing home. They sang, and smiled, and sang some more with a room FULL of elderly folks. These girls looked forward to this all weekend. Thank you so much, girls, for your willingness and excitement and Wanda and Beverly for the opportunity. Thank You! We want to thank everyone who helped with this weekend in whatever form that was such as providing food, thoughts, ideas, prayers, hands, funds, or goods. It takes us all to make it work. Together, we are the Body & Spirit of Christ.
We Proclaim Jesus Christ and Promote Communities of Joy, Hope, Love, and Peace New England Mission Center Youth- Find us on Facebook (All Are Called) Youth Leaders: Albert Iannuccilli, David Long, and Gregory McElvaine