We had a great time last week at our second play group One Hen! We read the true story of Kojo and how a microloan led to a hen that changed the lives of a family, community, and country. We were able to take a trunkful of high-need supplies to Community Action House. I’m so thankful for all the families that have taken the time to come out to the park this summer. Above you can see a talented group of egg balancers!
So many sweet world changers.
We really hope to see you this coming Tuesday evening, June 30 at 6:00 pm. (Kollen Park, on the east side of the public bathrooms.)
Two and a half days of school left for us. After another year, I know how important it is to love- beyond what you feel, others response, the deepest challenges- you don’t let go. You refuse to break. Jesus asks it of us and we have a beautiful life when we can do our best to give that love others. A very beautiful life.
For the next five weeks it’ll be about Summer Serve Play Groups! I’ll share the upcoming play group details, and later in the week share photographs from our evening together. We begin next week, but I’ll start now and leave this one up a little longer.
Here is the post with printable PDFs for all the groups.
Do you have kids 10 and up that might like to serve by helping with a play station for the younger kids? Sign up here.
We are so excited to meet you all and join together in community to learn and make a difference together! I’ve been waking in the early morning hours, which means a little bit of nervous and also a chance to pray for God to establish our work.
Our first group is June 16 at 6:00 pm at Kollen Park in Holland. (Parking in the Kollen Park lots and the streets surrounding.) If rains happens (don’t happen) I’ll let you know on the Facebook Event Page by 5:00 if we’ll go ahead or need to cancel.
We will be reading portions of If the World Were a Village from CitizenKid Books.
We will be welcoming the kids of ACTs to share art from the book! Our play stations will be a coloring page, bubbles, world volleyball, soccer, sidewalk chalk, and sack races.
We would love for families to contribute to our serve project supporting the local ministry of Holland Rescue Mission. The mission’s volunteer director shared these ideas. This is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about need in the community and how we can respond, while gathering supplies together. You can work together with another family to bring a donation too! Just bring it along and we will gather them all together for the mission.
Ideas for Kid Kits for the Holland Rescue Mission:
Rescue Mission Welcome Kit:
travel size shampoo, soap, and lotion
kids size toothpaste and toothbrush
small crayon pack and small pad of paper
sippy cup, or kid-size cup with top and straw
bedtime story book
stuffed animal (beanie boo or beanie baby sized)
Packaged in a bag
Include a welcome card with each kit (hand-drawn picture)
Small Childrens Toy or Book
Packaged into a bag
Stepping Stone Daycare and Rock Day Camp:
Pre-Packaged Cracker Pack (Goldfish, Cheez-Its)
All Packaged together in a large sized Zip-Loc bag
ColorWonder Paper and Marker Supplies
Email me with any questions! email@example.com
For all those not in Holland, hold tight… my hope is for this to be a full resource for families and groups to use in the future. So thankful for all of you!
#TalkJustice: Clean Water Last week we talked Hunger. Clean water is another great justice topic to start with for kids. They understand thirst. Beyond, thirst we can teach them that unclean water makes people sick. We can talk about water scarcity and how that affects everyone on the planet.
Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about. Help your family go deeper:
Do we use more than our share of water?
Imagine using unclean water for laundry, showers, drinking, cleaning dishes.
What dangers might occur trying to transport clean water to your home? Might it make you vulnerable? Would you have time to attend school?
Without water could anything survive?
More and more people face water scarcity. How could that affect everyone on the planet?
If you had to walk thirty minutes to get clean water, how would you use water differently?
Introducing #TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.
I LOVE to hear from you! Did you try any hunger or clean water activities? What conversations came up in your family?
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth By: Rochelle Strauss
One Well is a book from the Citizen Kid Series: A collection of books that inform children about the World and inspires them to be better global citizens.
With colorful paintings, author Rochelle Strauss tells the story of water on earth: all water is connected, water supports life, and some people in the world do not have clean water. This books is an excellent resource for families.
A Long Walk to Water is based on a true story. The book alternates between the story of Salva Dut and Nya. Salva’s story begins in 1985, at the age of eleven, when he is separated from his family in Sudan due to war. He traveled on foot for miles through war-torn areas, starvation, animal attacks, and disease. Arriving in Kenya, Salva led 150 boys to safety. Many of these boys were air-lifted to the United States. There he was able to learn English and attend college. The entire course of Salva’s story is extraordinary, but his choice to return home to Sudan to make a difference finds courage at its finest. Salva returned to Southern Sudan and created a foundation that digs deep water wells for areas that have never experienced clean water.
Nya’s story takes place in 2008 in Sudan. She must walk twice a day, on a two hour trek to gather water for her family. The story of Nya and Salva intersect with the establishment of his foundation.
A Long Walk to Water can be a powerful parent-child read for children fifth grade and up.