Kids have always been an important part of the ministry of the Washington St. Mission. We have programming for our children during the months of June and July. We also occasionally have opportunities on Monday holidays like Columbus Day. These sessions are during our normal mission hours and are led by Ashly and Sarah. The kids explore basic Bible stories, are introduced to life skills, encouraged to improve their reading, create crafts and more.
The kids had so much fun this summer learning life skills, going on field trips, reading, and studying the book of Luke in the Bible. we learned how to keep our hearts healthy with good diet and exercise, prepare healthy snacks and meals for themselves and their families, and even prepared first aid kits for people who visit Washington Street. We had a blast going to the downtown farmers market, visiting a garden, going to the Illinois State Museum, the YMCA, and eating breakfast at Cafe Moxo. Some of the kids also worked very hard to earn a free book from Barnes and Noble by reading and recording 8 books with us. Through our study of Luke, we learned more about the life of Jesus and His teachings. One of our favorite memory verses this summer was the Golden Rule: "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." (Luke 6:31). Overall, it was a wonderful summer!