What we're about
Rhoades Elementary Ministry is a partnership between the church and Rhoades Elementary located directly across the street from the church building on 4th St. This partnership is a support system for the needs of the school and its student population.
New Heights Summer Camp comprises the largest service opportunity within the Rhoades Ministry. New Heights has a three-fold purpose:
- Provide nutritious meals to local children 18 and younger when school meal programs are unavailable,
- Provide a safe, nurturing, learning environment for elementary aged children to minimize summer learning loss,
- Expose children to the love of God.
New Heights is an eight-week summer camp that is equipped for over 200 children kindergarten through middle school. It is an academic enrichment camp coupled with a children's summer feeding site. Opportunity is also afforded to expose children to Bible teaching and Christian values.
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." - Galatians 6:10
Why we serve
Making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Rhoades Ministry: Service is as needed when requested by the school or a need is identified. Volunteer need varies, some times many, others few. Volunteers are needed to serve as test monitors, tutors, help with teacher appreciation, Christmas party, school events
New Heights: It takes approximately 4000 volunteer hours to complete 8 weeks of summer camp. A typical day at camp requires 8-10 volunteers. Many more hours are served in preparation for camp outside of operating hours. Volunteers are needed to serve as camp counselor assistants, leading and assisting group so children throughout the day. Facilitate in areas of interest or expertise ie, art, music, Bible, baking, sewing, etc. Preparing, serving meals and cleaning as needed to prepare the kitchen for the next meal. Aid in preparing class materials and camp projects as needed. Volunteers are needed to brainstorm and implement fund raising ideas.