Dr. King Children and Youth Service Day

First Congregational Church was the host of a special day of service, education and community for Children and Youth to honor the life and on-going work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. 70 children and youth, along with 30 adult volunteers from 9 Madison area Congregations, gathered on Monday, January 19. 

The day began in the Sanctuary for a welcome and short worship. Youth then headed out to worksites around the city. Two groups of middle school youth spent time at nursing homes playing games with the residents and scrubbing wheelchairs, while high school youth weighed and bagged 1,860 one-pound packages of dried black beans at 2nd Harvest Food Bank. 2nd Harvest obtains food items in bulk and volunteers bag them into family sized packages to be used by area food pantries.

Elementary aged children stayed at First Cong and rotated through a series of workshops that explored topics such as: Dr. King’s life, Justice & Equality, Step Dancing, and cutting and tying fleece blankets for Madison Urban Ministry. MUM will share some of the blankets with a project at First United Methodist Church that distributes blankets and clothing to the homeless on cold nights. Representatives from both these organizations were on hand to explain how the blankets would be used. First Cong’s own Fannie Hicklin proved to be the most moving presenter of the day, as she shared her personal experiences of growing up in the segregated South.

All participants gathered at the end of the day to wrap up their experience and have a closing worship. The planning committee; including representatives from First Cong, Madison Christian Community, Middleton Community UCC, and Westminster Presbyterian, have already begun putting together next year’s event.

~ Jeff Rabe

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

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