Tons of Smiles at our Downtown Block Party

On Saturday, September 20th, Walnut Street in Hagerstown came to life with the sights & sounds of laughter, excitement and people having a great time!

Our youth ministry, Wildside Youth, hosted the Downtown Block Party along with Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

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The churches came with games, prizes, food, and plenty of volunteers ready to create a fun afternoon for all of our guests.

The Trinity Center was open and housed various food stands like snow cones, hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy along with cold beverages. There was an area set up for our guests to play some basketball and wow everyone with their skills.

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We were also pleased to have a short show by “Bam the Liquid Robot”. Peter Arizmendi, aka Bam, stopped by to entertain our guests with a dance sequence. Peter uses hip hop and his gift of dance to share the Gospel. He’s currently in the process of opening a dance studio in Hagerstown. Bam the Liquid Robot has stopped by Sunday Night Wild in the past and he’s making another appearance in October.

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Outside on the Walnut Street side of our property were all the games and amusements. From a bounce house, to ring toss, to finger nail painting, to street bowling, face painting, carnival games and a waterslide, there were plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained for hours!

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In addition to volunteers from Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace, our good friends from Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene in Severn, Maryland drove up for the day to volunteer at this event. We were so happy to see their faces again and we’re thankful for their ongoing support of this ministry and their heart for Hagerstown!

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God provided a beautiful day for our block party as well. The nice warm sun gave people a good reason to come outside and enjoy the festival in the street.

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We estimate that around 250 guests flooded our property to enjoy the free block party together. And the best part was watching kids and parents alike take part in all the various activities!

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We are so thankful for all the resources and hard work that the people of Maranatha and Valley Grace did for this event. We know everyone, from guests of all ages, to volunteers, and even some of our residents, had a great time interacting, socializing, playing, eating and celebrating together. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future.

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If you’re looking for a ministry to get involved with or would like an after-school program for your kids or grandkids to get involved with, check out Wildside Youth Ministries. Go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com for information as well as upcoming activities. All of Wildside’s events are free for kids ages 5-12. If you’d like to talk to someone please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

If you’re currently looking for a church to attend and would like to be a part of a group of people who not only love the Lord but have a heart for service, then check out Maranatha Brethren or Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

For information about Maranatha Brethren Church visit http://www.maranathagbc.net or call 301.733.1717. Maranatha Brethren is located at 19835 Scott Hill Drive just off of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

For information about Valley Grace Brethren Church visit http://www.valleygrace.net or call 301.582.0155. Valley Grace Brethren is located at 17310 Gay Street just off of Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.

If you are interested in volunteering with Wildside Youth Ministries or any other ministry at The Hope Center, including our upcoming Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

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Missions Team Lends a Helping Hand at The Hope Center

A missions team from Rochester, New York spent a day working at The Hope Center as a part of their youth group’s summer missions trip with Wonder Voyage.

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On July 23rd, the missions team spent the day serving at The Hope Center. Upon arrival in the morning, the group spent a little time learning about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center before starting their day of service.

 

The team was broken into two groups: one group stayed in the Trinity Center, our multipurpose building on property, to help with different projects, and the other group went to our outdoor camp area outside of Hagerstown.

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The missions team worked from 9am until 2pm doing various projects like painting backdrops, preparing Camp Wild manuals, and some physical labor preparing for the next two weeks of Camp Wild.

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After the morning work session, the group came back together to eat lunch with our residents. They had the opportunity to talk & mingle with the guys in the program and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our kitchen crew.

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We are very thankful to Wonder Voyage for arranging this missions team to help at The Hope Center. They were a great service to the staff of Camp Wild and they helped get a lot of necessary tasks finished before the last weeks of camp.

Wonder Voyage is a ministry that helps to get churches and youth groups to various missions opportunities or pilgrimages worldwide. To learn more about missions trip and pilgrimages hosted by Wonder Voyage, go to http://www.wondervoyage.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!
 

Wildside Youth Has Tons of Activities for Spring!

Tonight is Wildside’s Football & Cheerleading party from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the Trinity Center at The Hope Center.

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This party is gonna be full of action-packed excitement like football-themed carnival games, a cheer competition, prizes, great food, and an awesome lesson about Jesus.

This event, like all Wildside events, is free for anyone ages 5-12. If you’re unable to come tonight but would like to join the fun another time, check out the schedule for all the spring parties planned.

  • Valentine’s Party – February 11
  • Clover Bowl – March 11
  • The Easter Fiesta – April 15
  • Camp Wild Kick-Off Party – May 13

And girls, tomorrow night is your night! Join your favorite Wildside leaders tomorrow night at the Trinity Center for a fun night just for you! Call or email ASAP to sign-up!

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In addition to the monthly parties and special events, Wildside hosts Sunday Night Wild every Sunday night from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary at Wildside Youth.

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And we’re just a few months away from Camp Wild 2014! This exciting week-long day camp is another free activity for kids ages 5-12. Go to www.campwildusa.com to keep up-to-date on Camp Wild 2014.

If you’d like to learn more about Wildside Youth, go to www.wildsideyouth.com. You can contact the Wildside offices by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing info@wildsideyouth.com.

There are volunteer opportunities for Wildside, Camp Wild and other ministries at The Hope Center. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering in one of our many ministries and programs, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. We’d be glad to have you join the ranks of the best volunteers in Hagerstown!

Happy Retirement, Fran! We’re Gonna Miss You!

As 2013 came to a close, we were saying goodbye to a long time friend & colleague, Fran Williamson, who retired from years of service at The Hope Center.

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Fran was a faithful employee at The Hope Center for 22 years. She started as a receptionist & secretary for Children’s Outreach Ministry. During her time with Children’s Outreach Ministry, she became the facilitator of the Just Kids Bible Club.

The Just Kids Bible Club was a correspondence course for kids ages preschool to high school. Students enrolled in the program would complete lessons in various series. Fran would grade each lesson and send out prizes and other rewards to children in the program.

Fran continued working with the Just Kids Bible Club after Childen’s Outreach Ministry became Wildside Kids (WSK). As WSK grew into Wildside Youth Ministries, Fran became a more visible part of the ministry by helping at after-school events and Camp Wild.

In addition to her work with Wildside Youth, Fran was also the afternoon receptionist in the Administrative Office at The Hope Center.

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Fran will always be considered a part of The Hope Center “family,” and while we’re definitely going to miss her, we’re thankful for her faithful and dedicated service to God and to this ministry, and we wish her the best for the future!