SNICK (St. Nicholas Kids), our exciting Wednesday night program for kids, has been growing! When we started it in 2012, we had a core of 12 elementary-school-aged children and 3 teenage mentors. This core group included St. Nicholas members but also children from the neighborhoods around the church. That group started going out and telling their friends about SNICK, and now we have doubled the number of children and teens who are consistently participating. What a great challenge to have!
At SNICK, the kids worship via the nighttime prayer service Compline (which they lead), they eat dinner together, and then they learn about the Bible and our Episcopal tradition through games, art projects, drama, and many other activities.
Our biggest challenge with SNICK has been space-related. Having 15 was a challenge last year, but growing to 25 has been near impossible in the one Sunday School room we have. Especially in the colder months, when we have to be inside, it has affected what kinds of activities we do. Choir meets at the same time as SNICK, and they need to use the nave. Many choir members are parents of SNICK kids, so this has been a beneficial scenario for both SNICK and our music ministry.
With all of these things in mind, I have approached Hamilton United Methodist Church about the use of their space for the 3 remaining months of the school year. HUMC doesn’t have a Wednesday night program currently, but has a worship space and fellowship hall that we can use to continue this program and grow it further.
We will move SNICK to HUMC starting February 26 at 5:30pm. But we need some HELP! At St. Nicholas, with choir going on, we have always had enough adults present to fulfill our child/adult ratio for the safety of our children. In moving to HUMC, we will need 3-5 more adults to commit to being present each week. If you are willing to help with a ministry of presence, please contact me. You don’t have to plan a lesson, you just have to be there. Also, if you would like to help with providing dinner, we need volunteers for that as well for March 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21.
If you can do nothing else, please pray for SNICK as we continue to make a place for all children to feel God’s love and learn about his greatness!