This week of March Break may have many parents scrambling to find ways to keep their children busy while they are home from school. Activities may include skiing at Poley Mountain, reading books at the public library, swimming at the PotashCorp Civic Centre, or arranging play dates with friends. And, of course, we have plenty of snow to build snow forts, make snow angels, or sled down the hills.
Kingswood University students are also on break, and while the offices are open, the campus is closed for the week. Many students go home for a few days of rest, and some who live farther away are invited to join their classmates for a home visit. Several students are travelling to churches and camps for a week of ministry with youth. Others are making applications for summer employment.
Although it may seem early, application forms for many summer opportunities have to be filled out in the spring. If you want to look at possible summer activities for your teens, you may want to consider one of the programs Kingswood University is offering.
Starting the end of June, Kingswood students will lead four Ecclesia (meaning church) Projects for teens in grades 10, 11, and 12. The first project gives youth a chance to participate in urban ministry in Washington, D.C. The second is a cross cultural ministry trip to Guatemala, and the last two involve ministry opportunities throughout the Maritimes. Ten senior high students are accepted for each project.
Kingswood University also is teaming up with award-winning Christian songwriter, Jennie Lee Riddle, to offer The Emerging Sound, a one-of-a-kind worship, songwriting, and music camp held on Kingswood’s campus August 10-14. Teens, ages 13-19, will be given professional training in music theory, guitar, voice, and worship leading, and will have the opportunity to write and compose original songs with both peers and professional songwriters.
Now is also the time to sign up for Kingswood’s TESL course which is held May 7- 22. Becoming qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages can open doors to opportunities around the world. The course, which is for college students and adults, consists of six hours of class and four hours of homework per day over the ten days of classes. Classes do not meet on Wednesdays or over the weekend. Upon completing the work, you will receive a TESL certificate issued by the university that can be used locally and internationally.
Finding activities that are a perfect fit for you and your children may take time, but to see them happy at play (or work) makes the time spent well worth your effort.