Saturday, March 26, 2011

Put Feet to Their Faith With a Project Through Angel Tree Camping

For the past month I've been encouraging you to involve the children in your church with a project through Angel Tree Camping to send a child to summer camp whose parents are in prison. I've shared information from Angel Tree on how to get involved, find a camp and a child to help as well as how to plan for this special project. Today I'm going to talk about follow up. I really like Angel Tree Camping because it gives you a tangible way to be involved in the life of a child who you may have helped provide gifts for at Christmas. By becoming re-involved in this child's life and sending them to summer camp for a week, you have the opportunity to build relationships with the child and with his or her caregivers. You will have a number of things to be in contact with the child and their caregivers before he or she goes to camp, but remember, after camp is over, your opportunities to connect only begin! 

"It is important to connect with the Angel Tree families after camp is over.  You may want to consider having a post-camp event, where the children and caregivers are invited to come together to celebrate a great week at camp and share their experiences with one another, or with the church congregation as a whole.  Another great way to extend the connection with your Angel Tree families after camp is to start a Letter-Writing Club, where the children can get together and write letters to their incarcerated parents.  If you are interested in this opportunity, Prison Fellowship can help support you."

"Camping is a great way to get involved on a more regular basis in the lives of your Angel Tree families.  Your camp experience can encourage you to consider  additional ministry opportunities to this special group of people throughout the year.  For more ways your church can continue to build solid, lasting relationships, visit the Angel Tree website at"

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