GAP Kid’s Camp strives to offer a Christ centered program, which provides for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of area children going into1st– 6th grades, while planting seeds of God’s unconditional love. Our GAP Kids Camp provides them the opportunity to fill up their stomachs, inner spirituality, and minds while experiencing Faith, Fellowship, Food, and FUN! We teach the children about prayer, do engaging crafts, make their own snacks, do a service-learning project, explore their home community, and learn about stories of courage and faith from the Bible while they spend their summer unplugged and without electronics! We serve local children throughout the year, intensely for 6 weeks every summer, and the cost of this program to participating families is FREE.

In Summer GAP 2019, we cared for 82 of children with and average daily attendance was 43 children- over half unchurched!  Our 2019’s staff was comprised of 3 Young Adults Mentors (YAMs) and myself as paid staff members, 7 volunteer 10th – 12th grade teen leaders, 55 adult volunteers, and 1 Northeast Michigan Community Service Area Agency on Aging Region ‘9’ Senior Corps Foster Grandparent; together we operated the program. GAP Kids Camp program costs include lots of snack’s ingredients, some long-term equipment- like checker/chess board sets, Lego, magnetic blocks, etc.-, some craft supplies, transportation costs for off-site field trips, and staff salaries. We have paid zero dollars for newspaper advertisements for our events. Social media, is where most of our advertising of upcoming events and we have posted ‘live’ events during a session; all are shared free. Word of mouth between families and friends assists in spreading the availability of our program.

As great as all this sounds… We ask you to “be a GAP Kid’s Camp Hero”! Prayerfully, pay it forward, chose our GAP Kids program as your Central Bay District mission-giving project in “EngageMI” donation booklet on page 19 or online at our Central Bay District website https://centralbay.michiganumc.org/district-projects/, scroll down to West Branch UMC- GAP Kids, our church phone number is 989-3450210, not 9 as listed online or in the booklet. Or online giving may be made through the EngageMI online giving site: http://engagemi.mightycause.com/orgainzation/West-Branch-First-United-Methodist-Church

Check out our own website at: http://westbranchfumc.org/gap_ministries    or @FMOEnrichments on Facebook.  Please, Pay it Forward for 2020 and “be a GAP Kid’s Camp Hero”. With your “financial assistance” we can continue to meet the growing needs of our economically deprived rural community while, serving our Lord and Savior. Together we can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We thank you in advance for your generous and prayerful consideration. 

In Christ’s love and service,

Linda L. Hall, B.S.W. GAP Kids Site & Staff Director and Family Ministries OutReach Coordinator and the people of the West Branch First United Methodist Church

Make check out to:   West Branch First United Methodist Church,

memo: GAP Kids Program

 and mail it directly to us at: 2490 W. State Road, West Branch, MI 48661.

Thank you, in advance, very much!