Fine & Performing Arts Camp
By Kira Seaton
A grant through the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio has given us some money to do a Fine and Performing Arts program with young folks this summer, and I am hoping for your help and expertise.
I have noticed over the course of my time at St. Thomas that each of you have great hobbies, jobs, interests, skills, and out-right blessings that are contained in what you do and who you are.
On June 10th – 14th, at St. Thomas Church, we are hosting 5 days of Discovery, 8:00-4:30 pm, for kids grades 4th through 8th from our own church, and from all over our Berea/Middleburg Heights/Brook Park area.
The kids will pay a nominal fee, (which will pay for our materials, and I hope a small stipend for our presenters), and come spend the day with us learning and doing. Intertwined throughout this will be the kids as a group doing bells, learning the Buryl Red kids’ musical “It’s Cool in the Furnace” and then presenting all their fun activities to parents and the Community on Friday night, June 14th with a kid-made pizza party. The kids would pack a lunch to bring, (and I will open this up a bit on either end for early drop-off and late pick-up for working families.)
I am asking you to dream a little about what you love doing, and think of ways you might present your hobby, secret love, interests, and learning to this age group, either in a one-time shot workshop for an hour, a daily short lesson, small group stuff, big group fun, individual one-on-one fun, whatever you think would work for you to pass on your gifts to young people.
I am thinking of things like simple sewing projects, gardening, a Nature walk, small group piano lessons, (we have been gifted four keyboards by Tri-C), guitar, (we have several we can use) some Hip-Hop dance, storytelling, a writing workshop, group class voice, some crafts and arts – you name it, we can do this.
Some of the subjects we could have fun with: sewing, cooking, gardening, piano, singing, music reading, bells, dance, theater, painting, drawing, comic art, crafts, nature, storytelling, writing, reading, weather, history, basket-weaving, knitting, you name it; and we are looking for help, so pass it along to our young folks. (Right now, the thought of sharing with kids how to sew on buttons and stuff sounds like a life skill…)
We are exploring some partnerships with other churches and the Berea City Schools, and hope to accept 20-40 kids, as well as our own flock.
Please let me know if you would like to share yourself and your interests/passions with young people during this week in June. If you have never done something like this before, we can share our experiences with working with youngsters of this age in the camps and the youth programs that our staff have done for the past decades.
What do you think? E-mail, call, talk after church, however you would like to communicate.
Kira Seaton, Minister of Music,
St. Thomas Episcopal Church