Wow! What an amazing summer the Youth and Children have had! In June several of our Youth and adults shared an evening of pizza, bingo, and prizes with residents of the Blayton Building, a Williamsburg Housing Authority residence for senior citizens and the handicapped. The residents said it was so much fun and asked us to please come back, so we’re hoping to do this again soon.

The Youth went on their annual mission trip to Philadelphia at the end of June and had some powerful experiences helping and sharing their faith with people in the city as well as other youth from around the country.

As soon as we returned, we jumped right in preparing for the most awesome week of our summer in Williamsburg – VBS week. Our theme this year was Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. If you were at Walnut Hills the week of July 15-19, you got to experience an energetic week with over 170 kids, youth, and adults working, playing, and sharing God’s message! The kids were so excited and happy all week long, as were all those who came together to make the week possible. We were also able to collect donations of school supplies to help local children fill their needs for the upcoming school year as well as collect donations for school supplies for the Mattaponi and Pamunkey children. We cannot thank everyone enough for all they did to make this VBS week one of the best ever. If you did not get to experience it with us this year, you are absolutely invited to join us next year!

In the meantime, we have planned other exciting experiences, and we encourage you to catch the spirit of kindness and God’s love with us in these events.

A group of youth and adults shared Back-yard Club fun (crafts, games, snacks, and fellowship) with some of the Williamsburg Housing Authority families the morning of July 24. We began this partnership during our Mission Madness experience, and we hope to continue this as an ongoing ministry. Keep watching for information about ways and events when you can help. We’re hoping these life-changing experiences will help to change at least our little corner of the world for the better!

Looking Forward:
Wednesdays in August, 5:30-7:00pm: Youth dinner and fellowship
August 21: Williamsburg Housing Authority Back to School Resource Cookout to provide the Public Housing school age residents’ a back pack full of supplies and resources for the parents.
The event will be held at the Community Building located at 401 N. Boundary Street
September 8: Sunday night Children’s Choir and Youth Connect begin.

Reverend Graham Cheek

Reverend Graham Cheek

Minister of Youth & Children