It has been an amazing first year of after-school and it is hard to believe that it’s coming to its conclusion. Friday, June 21st will be our last day. We will be celebrating all that God has done this year with a party, and we would love to give each after-school kid and family a gift to show them how much this year has meant to us (and also to keep the learning and fun going far into the summer!). We’ve added BrainQuest trivia cards, family dinner-time conversation starters and NYC activity idea cards to our Amazon wish-list. Please check out the list and consider giving in this way!
Summer is arriving which means so is A House on Beekman’s annual summer camp! Summer can be such a fun and exciting season, but for the kids in our neighborhood it comes with its own set of challenges. We provide a free summer camp for the kids of the South Bronx where they learn about God, play games, create art, grow academically, go on field trips and do acts of service in our neighborhood. We believe this creates a major advantage in helping the children of the South Bronx to succeed and come to know and love God. We would love for you to join us by sponsoring children to come to camp!
It costs $250 for one child to come to camp for 4 weeks. At the beginning of camp, we will give you their name and picture so you can spend the summer praying for them. Give online at ahouseonbeekman.org/give. Be sure to select “Summer Camp”. You can also mail a check made out to “A House on Beekman” with camp in the memo line to 321 Beekman Ave. Apt.2 Bronx, NY 10454.
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Summer is right around the corner and we are starting to gear up for summer camp! Summer can be such a fun and exciting season, but for the kids in our neighborhood it comes with its own set of challenges. We provide a free summer camp for the kids of our the South Bronx where they learn about God, play games, create art, grow academically, go on field trips and do acts of service in our neighborhood. We believe this creates a major advantage in helping the children of the South Bronx to succeed and come to know and love God.We are looking for volunteers who can commit to camp for one week. Would you consider giving a week of your summer to join us? Parents with kids elementary aged and older are welcome to come and bring their kids along! Camp is July 8- August 2, Monday – Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. We would love for you to join us any of those four weeks but we especially need help the weeks of July 8-12th and July 22-26th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
In the South Bronx we know and understand the importance of one on one relationships and how they impact a child’s life. Kids and teenagers alike need and want someone who they can look up to and learn from. They desire to be loved and affirmed. As we try our hardest to give this to all the kids in our neighborhood, there is only so many of us and thousands of kids. SO WE NEED YOU!
The commitment is meeting once a week for a year. Throughout the year you will focus on teaching a dozen character traits that will guide them throughout their life.
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Admitting when we’ve done wrong–especially when we have already started down the path of lying and trying to cover up–is a hard thing, even for us grown-ups. Often, with the kids at afterschool, it takes an awful lot of asking and urging to get some of our youngest ones to be honest when they have done something “bad.” And half the time, even by the end of a long heart-to-heart, I’m not 100% sure we really got to the whole truth of what happened–who hit who first, what belongs to who, whether something was done on purpose or by accident. This is what makes the seemingly small exchange between Tooson and Kissiah at after-school this past Friday so special and so worthy of celebration.
This past Friday, while rehearsing a big dance number some of the kids will be performing at our end-of-afterschool party coming up in late June, Tooson and Kissiah got into a bit of a “kerfuffle” as group leader Kyle put it. There was hitting, there was yelling, there were tears. When Kyle took them aside to work through it, it came to light that Tooson had hit Kissiah. Tooson then insisted that she had pinched him first. Kissiah insisted she had not done any pinching and became very upset–feeling wrongly accused. They had reached an impasse. So Kyle, instead of pressuring or simply making a verdict, lay the situation before them. ”I’m hearing two different stories. So, where do we go from here?” Something interesting happened in Tooson, five years old, in that moment. It is a rare, rare thing for him to admit a lie or admit he was the one to “start” something. But, faced with a friend in tears, an adult who would love him regardless of whether he started it or not, and a God who tells him that it is not his wrongs that define him but the Tooson God meant and is transforming him to be, Tooson admitted he had lied. Kissiah hadn’t pinched him.
To grown-up eyes, this might seem like a small and unimpressive act. But for a five-year-old, who could so easily have avoided the potential consequences of admitting he “started it,” this was an act of courage and integrity. And God provided another small miracle from the other side of the fence. Kissiah, without any prompting from Kyle, told Tooson that she forgave him and rushed over to give a big hug.
I couldn’t help but notice later in the day, during worship time, Kissiah and Tooson were stuck to each other like glue. God can bring beautiful things from the ashes–a new, strengthened friendship from an experience of conflict and hurt. His kingdom isn’t just a renewed place or setting–it’s renewed relationships and emotions. It’s healing–every possible meaning of the word. He’s making a new masterpiece of the world and He chooses each of us to be His materials, tools and workers. It was awesome to see Him moving in Tooson and Kissiah on Friday–a small glimpse of His beautiful work in progress.