I’ve been celebrating creativity this week with our annual Creativity Camp, a free week long experience for children ages 5-11. It’s a diverse mix of kids who bring their talents and energies to share. We have volunteers from all over, some of whom are not even regulars at our church but think this program is worth every moment. The children are taught dances, songs, art, and games each day, culminating in a big performance tonight at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall.
Yes, you are invited to check it out if you are up for something fun.
Here’s what I know in the depths of my soul after this week.
- Kids are full of energy, which is awesome.
- Relating to kids is easy, as long as you bring a playful and open spirit to receive each of them as they are.
- So many of our youth are thirsty for creative arts experiences.
- All children deserve safe spaces to know they are loved.
These may not be mind blowing concepts, but they deserve to be reiterated. Especially the last one. I wish I could fix that one up on a huge billboard so that every city and church and community was reminded of it. Jesus practiced it. It’s central to who we are at East Dallas Christian Church and the Table. But do we always follow that idea through? What would it mean if Dallas, Texas was a safe space for our kids? What kind of city would we become?
May God help us have the courage and dedication to grow into a place of real welcome and hospitality for our precious children.