Wildside’s Birthday Bash!

Who doesn’t like a great birthday party?? Wildside is kicking off their party season with a mega birthday party!!

20183 Birthday Invite BKids are invited to celebrate with Wildside on Tuesday, September 25th from 5-7pm at the Trinity Center at The Hope Center.

There will be plenty of fun for all party guests including carnival games, prizes, dodge ball, basketball, and food!

And did we mention this event is free??!!!! That’s right – it’s free for any kid ages 5-12. Please just call or email to register. Complimentary transportation is provided but limited so don’t delay registering especially if transportation is necessary.

Call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to register. To learn more about Wildside Youth and all activities throughout the year visit http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

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Wildside Makes January Fun Again!

January can be a bit of a downer month as all the holiday festivities come to a quick and abrupt end and all that’s left is short days and freezing nights. But Wildside Youth is provided a fun remedy for the winter blues for the kids in Hagerstown this past January:

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Wildside kicked off 2018 with a fun, winter-themed evening at Sunday Night Wild called ‘The Meltdown’. Thirty-three kids attended the night full of games, Jesus, food, and fun!

The frozen fun started with a ‘snowball fight’ played with balloons. After the snowball fight the kids got to go ‘ice fishing’ which involved finding Swedish Fish buried in a pan of whipped cream. Following the wintry games the kids enjoyed some singing and then dove right into the lesson.

The lesson, inspiring the events title, was teaching the kids to avoid meltdowns, temper tantrums, and throwing fits. They were taught that using self-control they could resist the attacks by Satan and avoid destructive behavior like tantrums and meltdowns.

The verse of the evening was, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28. An object lesson and a game called, ‘Don’t Have a Meltdown’ were used to help illustrate the verse and the lesson for all the kids.

After the lesson time, the kids had snacks and hung out before ending the first Sunday Night Wild of 2018.

Football and Cheerleading Party

On January 23rd the Trinity Center hosted a super bowl sized party to celebrate America’s favorite sport! 56 kids showed up to celebrate Wildside’s 3rd annual Football & Cheerleading Party. They participated in football themed carnival games, a flag football game,  and a football scavenger hunt, along with arts & crafts activities, enjoying delicious food, and hearing a message about being God’s champion.

Building off the lesson of self-control taught at The Meltdown, the kids at the party learned how becoming a champion for God requires self-control – a lot like becoming a championship quality football team. Just like a winning football team needs to practice, problem solve, and work as a team in order to win, we too, need to practice self-control by not throwing fits or getting angry and hurting others, we need to solve problems God’s way and we need to work peacefully together as a team for God.

The kids who attend Wildside events love every minute of it and continue to come back for more fun. Wildside still has some more fun coming with the next big party on February 13th to celebrate Valentines Day. This event is free for kids ages 5-12 so call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to register your kids.

Wildside Youth is our kids ministry at The Hope Center. With various events taking place year round, Wildside is providing a safe, fun, and educational experience free for kids ages 5-12 in Hagerstown. During the school year Wildside hosts large party events each month along with special Sunday evening services geared just for kids. In the summer Wildside hosts Camp Wild, a free day camp running for four weeks in July and August. Wildside is also cultivating student leaders through their after school program, The Crew, where young people learn valuable skills and are given some leadership responsibilities during various events and activities at Wildside. For more information about Wildside Youth check out http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

 

 

 

Washington Co Gives: 3rd Reason to Give

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For years The Hope Center has been working to reach the kids of Hagerstown. From after-school clubs, to large events and parties, to leadership training and our free summer camp, The Hope Center invests a lot in the next generation of our city.

When you donate online on May 2nd during Washington County Gives, you’re helping to make sure that kids in Hagerstown have a safe, fun place to just be themselves and build a strong relationship with God. To learn more about our youth ministry go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com or http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Wildside’s Festive December is Here!

Christmas is here! Who’s ready to party? December is a great month at Wildside Youth Ministries!

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Get your Santa hat on and join us for Wildside’s Party Before Christmas event on Tuesday, December 9th from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center. There will be plenty of fun games & prizes, holiday foods and a time to celebrate and learn about the whole reason for the Christmas season: Jesus! And there’s a special prize for the person who is decked out in the most red & green for Christmas!

Wildside’s Party Before Christmas is free for kids ages 5-12. Call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to sign up for the Christmas party. Transportation is available but space is limited so contact Wildside Youth now to try to reserve a spot for free transportation.

The Party Before Christmas isn’t the only thing Wildside has going on in December. On December 7th & 14th, Sunday Night Wild is all Christmas! Join Wildside for Sunday Night Wild to celebrate the birth of Jesus, get special gifts, eat great snacks, play games, and earn Bear Bucks!

Sunday Night Wild is from 7-8pm in the Sanctuary at Wildside and is free for kids ages 5-12. For more info about Sunday Night Wild, call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

To learn more about Wildside Youth Ministries go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

 

 

Kids Had a Frightfully Good Time at Fall-O-Ween!

On October 21st, the Trinity Center was full of superheroes, angels, football players, pirates, witches, and even a hobbit!

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Wildside Youth Ministries hosted their annual Fall-O-Ween party for all the little ghosts & goblins of Hagerstown.

Over 60 kids came to the Trinity Center to play Halloween-themed carnival games, win lots of prizes, and get tons of candy, and chow down on some great food.

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Playing all the various games wasn’t the only fun the kids had. They also enjoyed the open space to run around pretending to be their costumed characters.

From kids, to volunteers, to parents in attendance, it seemed like everyone had a great evening of haunts, treats, and lots of tricks!

 

Wildside Youth’s next big event party is “It’s a Wildside Thanksgiving” on Tuesday, November 18th from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center. Then on December 9th the Trinity Center becomes the North Pole for “Ping’s Famous Igloo Carnival”. This Christmas party is from 5-7pm as well.

Along with these awesome parties, Wildside hosts Sunday Night Wild each week from 7-8pm in the Wildside Sanctuary.

All Wildside Youth events are free for kids ages 5-12. To learn more about Wildside Youth at The Hope Center, go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com, email info@wildsideyouth.com or call 301.739.1165.

To volunteer at Wildside events, or any events or ministries at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

The Fun Never Ends at Wildside Youth Events

Wildside Youth has been having a blast in 2014 so far!
In January, Wildside kicked off the second half of their year with a new party celebrating America’s favorite game, football!
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The Football & Cheerleading party got everyone excited for the Super Bowl. The party had football-themed carnival games, art projects, great food and Wildside’s own version of the big game! In addition to all the sports fun & food, the kids also took some time from the action to learn about excellence and how God wants each of us to do our best in all that we do. Sixty kids, dressed in their favorite team jersey, attended this party and ten came forward at the altar call!
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 In February, Wildside hosted the second annual Valentine’s party. This party was celebrating love, true love, the love that Jesus gives. This was a great opportunity for the kids who attended to learn about the love that passes all understanding; to really get a chance to experience a genuine love that changes lives for eternity. The kids were given time to play Valentine’s themed carnival games, create Wildside Valentine’s cards and so much more.
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March was all about the green – clover green! Ireland invaded the Trinity Center to help celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Wildside’s Clover Bowl! This party celebrates the Irish culture and all things green. The kids who attended played games, ate delicious food, and learned about the man who this holiday is all about. The Crew, Wildside’s student leadership training program, put together a video detailing the life of Saint Patrick. In the video the kids learned about his capture, his slavery, escape, transition to a cleric, and his return to Ireland to spread the Gospel to the people of the Emerald Isle. Not only are the kids able to have fun playing games and being silly, they are also given the chance to learn the history behind our holidays and see how Christianity has been changing the world for thousands of years!
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Wildside Youth Ministry doesn’t just host big monthly event parties, they also have more intimate activities throughout the month.
Sunday Night Wild is Wildside’s weekly church service in the Wildside Sanctuary. And the kids attending Sunday Night Wild have been having a blast! In 2014, SNW celebrated it’s two-year birthday by having a big celebration. After the birthday celebration, SNW has been focusing on answering the question, “Who is Jesus?”. After that series concluded, SNW kicked off the series “Jesus our King”, complete with a celebration cake and paper crown art projects and an interactive, multimedia lesson.
As kids grow and mature in the program, some are hand-selected to join The Crew. This leadership training program meets once a week. Kids in The Crew learn valuable lessons about leadership while also helping Wildside Youth Ministries in various creative ways. Currently, The Crew has been working through a lesson series called “Camp Preparation”. This camp training program is covering topics about emotional, spiritual and behavioral maturity; learning how to be a good example to others; how to lead and care for a small group; conflict resolution; knowing and setting expectations; and the basics of our faith. All this training and education will hopefully help equip our student leaders how to serve at Camp Wild, be leaders at home and school, be servants at church & other ministries, and most importantly, how to grow their personal faith.
 
As you can see, Wildside has had a pretty exciting winter & spring. But there is still some great activities coming up! In April, Wildside celebrates Easter with the wildly popular Easter Fiesta party. This event, like all Wildside activities, is free for kids ages 5-12. If you’d like to get more info or sign-up any children for our Easter Fiesta, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com. Also, be sure to check out http://www.wildsideyouth.com for more pics, videos and info about Wildside Youth Ministry.
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And now that spring has arrived, that means we are only a few short months away from Camp Wild 2014! This free summer day camp is open to kids ages 5-12. Camp Wild fills up quickly so be sure to get your kids registered for this fun summer program. Go to http://www.campwildusa.com to keep up-to-date on all things about our summer camp program. You can call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to get on a mailing list.
If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside events, including Camp Wild, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or check out http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities at The Hope Center.
Wildside Youth Ministries is one of the ministries sponsored by The Hope Center. When you donate financially or through in-kind gifts, you are helping to keep programs like Wildside Youth free for at-risk kids in the greater Hagerstown area. Thank you for your support of this ministry and all the other ministries at The Hope Center!
 

Welcome Ashley Imes to The Hope Center Family!

As we posted earlier, long-time friend & employee, Fran Williamson, retired at the end of 2013. While we were sad to see her go, we’re thankful for the young woman who God brought to replace her.

We are so happy to introduce you to one of our newest staff members, Ashley Imes.

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Ashley began working with Wildside Youth Ministries in December of 2013 as Fran was preparing for retirement. She has adapted quickly to the job and is excited about the various ways God is going to use her in this ministry.

Ashley is a graduate of Clear Spring High School and is currently a student at Frostburg State University at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown (USMH). She’s majoring in Psychology and is interested in working in Human Services in the future. She currently attends Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown.

Ashley has actually volunteered at The Hope Center in the past. She used to help prepare and serve the meal following the evening chapel services with the church she formerly attended.

Because of her experience volunteering, she had a desire to help more and was quick to talk to Adrian Black about any opportunities for employment at The Hope Center. When the position at Wildside opened up, she was ready and excited to join the team.

Her job at Wildside offers her a wide variety of activities. She helps set up for Wildside’s after-school events as well as helping to prepare for Sunday Night Wild each week. In addition to that, her duties include organizing and keeping the operation running efficiently, processing all the mailings to families and volunteers, and contacting parents, building a trusting relationship with them and notifying them about upcoming events.

Ashley is in a perfect spot to really have a chance to learn about the needs in our city while also helping to make a difference in the lives of kids and their families in Hagerstown.

She says,  “I love working here.  I love knowing that even the small things I do are helping to make a difference.  I have a heart for this area and God is allowing me to see close up the great needs of the people we work with and how He is meeting those needs through this ministry.”

We are so happy to have Ashley join this ministry! We thank God that He provided such a wonderful, caring & compassionate woman to join Wildside Youth Ministries and help us work to reach Hagerstown for Christ.

We are excited to see how God will use her to impact lives for Him!

Please pray for Ashley as she begins her ministry at The Hope Center. And continue to pray for all of our dedicated staff. Our staff see the disastrous effects of sin and death each day. Working in this ministry can be greatly rewarding and also very discouraging. Knowing that friends in our community are praying for us and supporting us helps us continue to fight the good fight. We appreciate all your support and prayers!

If you are interested in volunteering with Wildside Youth or any of our other ministries, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You an also check out all of our various programs and become familiar with our ministry at www.hagerstownrescue.org.