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St. Theodore's Introduces Summer Arts Camp

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While we love tradition here at St. Theodore's, we also like to do things a bit differently. This summer's twist on traditional Vacation Bible School is a prime example. 

St. Theodore's is thrilled to be offering our first Summer Arts Camp: An out-of-the-box alternative to most commercial VBS programs. At Summer Arts Camp (July 29 - August 2 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm), campers will enjoy a wide range of activities -- from painting to music, drama and even cooking -- that explore and celebrate our community, faith and God's gift of creativity.

We sat down with camp director and Rector's wife, Ivee Lowry, to learn more about this exciting week of fun and learning.

How long has it been since St. Theodore's offered a VBS or other summer day-camp program for kids? What was the genesis of offering a Summer Arts Camp?

Our collective church memory guesstimates that it's been approximately 11 years since the last VBS offering at Saint Theodore's Episcopal Church. As with anything, programming has an ebb and flow to it. You commit to a great idea or program until it's time to take a break and let it rest. Then when the timing is right and the congregation is ready you breathe new life into it and watch it grow. That's what's happening this year, at this church, with this amazing new offering. Our church is growing and with our successful "Come and See" initiative it couldn't be a better time for the unveiling of Saint Theodore's Summer Arts Camp.  

Who is Summer Arts Camp designed for? 

Summer Arts Camp is for children in the community who are in 1st-5th grade. Our vision for this program is to provide a joy-filled experience using Saint Theodore's as the backdrop to showcase some of God's most glorious artwork: our community's children. In the process, we will breathe new life into a time-honored tradition that will feed all involved for years to come. To succeed in our endeavor, we decided to use a book titled "Arts Camp," by Christina Clark. By structuring our offering in a camp-style format with a focus on the arts we hit the jackpot! 

Will the week have a theme?

The theme from the book that we chose for this year is "Who is My Neighbor?" Through creative art projects, thought-provoking theatrical skit work and community building games, the participants and leaders will delve into "Christ's true call to us - to love everyone as an extension of our love for the Lord our God." 

What else would you like parents to know about Summer Arts Camp?

We put a lot of thought into choosing a timeframe during our visioning process. Our goal was simply to serve our community the best we can. The end of July is a hard (and HOT!)  part of the summer. We listened to our working parents in the congregation who wanted some different timing so they could better participate. So, we landed where we are now with the last week in July from 2:00-6:30 in the afternoon. 

Is there something unique about Summer Arts Camp that you're looking forward to the most?

Here is the cherry on the top of this cool program: Our awesome church is rising to the challenge by providing a family dinner at the end of every day of camp as a gift to the community. It's going to be AMAZING!

At the end of every day, families will come to pick up their campers and the community building continues by throwing our doors open to feed every camper and their family dinner every night so they can sit and enjoy a day well spent loving God.

The week will wrap up with all of our families, and our church family, coming together for an end of camp show featuring our campers' skits and artwork, as well as one last amazing family meal together! 

Who is our neighbor?? Well we plan to find out, and to love them as God has called us to do. 

"You shall love the Lord your God with all our heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." --Mathew 22: 37-39

July 29 - August 2
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Grades 1 through 5
Cost: $15 per child (need-based scholarships available)

Space is limited. Register soon. We can't wait to meet you and your camper on July 29th!

Ivee Lowry, Camp Director

(479) 855-2715 

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