During the last two weeks of July, the South Londonderry First Baptist ChurcFirst Baptist Church was a buzz of activity. Service to the community is an important aspect of our faith and the youth from the Hope Community Church in King of Prussia demonstrated what this means.
The First Baptist Church and the Second Congregational Church hosted the youth from King of Prussia for two weeks. The churches were packed with air mattresses, and the vigor of youth.
The first week, the high school youth arrived with enthusiasm and a heart for service. A big part of their service included a daily Vacation Bible School Kid's Club, run by six of the high school youth, along with a few members of the church, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Fifteen young people from the community were treated to two hours of songs, games, and Bible lessons.
While some of the youth ran Vacation Bible School, the others were sent out to serve in the community. Among the projects where painting the Second Congregational Church parsonage, clearing brush at the ongoing parsonage project at First Baptist, working at the Flood Brook Community Collaborative, helping out at Northshire Day School, visiting and sprucing up at Smith Haven, putting in water bars at Ball Mountain Dam, and working for Londonderry Cares, which included serving many elderly people in the community with projects such as staining a deck, washing windows, and yard work.
The second weekend brought the middle school youth, who arrived with no less enthusiasm and continued the service work in the surrounding community. During the second week, the youth constructed the front porch for the First Baptist parsonage, cleared brush at the church from downed trees, and did a spectacular job of making the kitchen at the church shine. Along with service many wonderful relationships were built and we hope these will continue for many years to come.
During their stay, the First Baptist Community opened their homes and their hearts to the youth. Many hosted the kids for afternoon showers after their long day of work, while others offered their yards and fire pits for evening worship and activities.
A community barbecue, set at Memorial Park in South Londonderry, was held to bring the church family, and the beneficiaries of the service together with the youth for an evening of food and fellowship.
The First Baptist community is proud and pleased to have been a part of an incredible two weeks of pure service to the people and organizations in our midst. We look forward to continuing the work that was started in our surrounding towns.