Children donate 42 Birthday Bags to Food Pantry

Lindy Beatie of Interfaith Food Ministry accepts 42 Birthday Bags donated by Rolling River Day Camp participants and their families. The bags will be distributed by IFM to families that need help celebrating their children’s birthdays.

Rolling River Day Camp 2019 concluded with a fun Family Program and a big surprise: Children donated 42 birthday bags to Interfaith Food Ministry, Nevada County’s faith-based food pantry.

IFM development coordinator Lindy Beatie attended the program, thanked the families for their support and received the bags. Each festive bag contains items to host a celebration including six children. Items include party hats, toys and favors, a tablecloth and tableware; cake mix, frosting and a baking pan; and a greeting signed by campers and offering an inspiration Bible verse affirming God’s love for each recipient on their birthday.

This year’s theme at Day Camp was “I want Jesus in my boat!” Our Bible theme came from Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Next year: “God’s Armor” keeps faith strong!

We already have plans for Day Camp 2020! Our theme will be Knights of God’s Castle. Camp will feature friendly dragons that accompany campers on a daily quest for elements of the King’s Armor. Each day, kids will take on the role of Brave Knights and begin their quest by opening the King’s Book. This quest invites children to stay strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the Armor of God.

Campers will explore Old and New Testament stories and discover elements of God’s protective armor: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation. They’ll find these pieces of armor at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters. Then, they’ll explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.

Day camp – VBS builds faith all year!

Volunteers from five area churches offer Day Camp, a Vacation Bible School program (VBS) offered each summer. Grass Valley United Methodist Church hosts the program, aided by Nevada City and Sierra Pines United Methodist, Emmanuel Episcopal and Peace Lutheran churches.