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"What are your plans for the summer?" It is a question I often ask our preteens these days. And so I will pose the same question to you and to your families this week: What are your summer plans? 

For all of us, and particularly for our children and families, summer is a season of change. It's a season where the days are longer and brighter, and where the regular rhythms of school are disrupted. And parents are faced with the dreaded dilemma or gift, depending on how you look at it, of no school! 

The extra space given to children by a summer break provides a unique opportunity for us to encounter, engage, and encourage children from our church and all parts of our city. And it is to this opportunity that I want to direct your attention.  I invite you to pray for our Summer at First program, and I encourage you to participate in our Summer program. 

As some of you may know, Summer at First is a full season in our Children and Preteens ministry. It's a season in which we hope and plan to run two Kickers Soccer camps, a week-long Camp at First, a church picnic, Preteens & Youth camping trip, several one-day excursions, and all the while continuing our Sunday programming. This particular summer is also special since we will be celebrating the tenth year anniversary of Kickers! 

Thankfully, we have been blessed to be able to bring on Joseph Leong as our summer programs coordinator. But we will definitely need your prayers and participation in order to make it all happen. And so, if you are interested in participating as a volunteer for our Camp at First, as a coach, or as a volunteer at the church picnic, please let me know. We are particularly needing volunteers for our Camp at First. 

But our goal in hosting all of these programs is not to replace school with a bunch of activities and to keep children and their families "busy." Rather, our hope and prayer are that we could engage and encourage children and their families both from our church and from our community. Last year, approximately 100 campers attended Kickers, 50 of whom were not regular attendees at our church. What an opportunity and gift for our church and volunteers to be witnesses and bring shalom to our neighbourhood.

My hope and prayer for this Summer at First is that we might strengthen our community and continue to walk with children and their families in their discipleship journey. Please join me in praying for Joseph, for all of the children we will minister to, for all the volunteers and families who will be impacted through our summer programming. Please also consider inviting friends of your children to join us this summer and/or consider volunteering in some capacity.   

Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries