Instead of heading home or to the streets after school, 50+ children in grades 1-4 come to Fellowship House’s safe and loving environment where learning can continue. There are computers to work with, volunteers to help with homework and read with them, snacks to nourish them, and Bible lessons emphasizing the love of a God who is eager to help these little ones discover the fullness of life. The goal of the Children's Program is for the children to grow academically, socially and spiritually.
In addition to helping with homework, much of what we do is to stand in the gap for these children, who aren’t always supported with the love and encouragement they need. A recent survey showed that 75% of Camden's children say they don't feel safe anywhere. We offer a caring community where children feel they belong and know that they are loved. We stress academics to prepare them for a lifetime of service—no matter whether they grow up to be doctors or teachers or maintenance persons.
Recent research indicates that character counts even more than cognitive skills as a predictor of future success. Character traits such as self-control, gratitude, resilience, curiosity and perseverance have been shown to help children overcome the disadvantages of growing up in an impoverished and stressful environment.
When our children, who so often are the recipients of charity, discover the joy of giving, it is transformational. In the past year, the children learned compassion and generosity for those in need as they raised money to drill a well for a school in Ghana, corresponded with American soldiers in Afghanistan and wrote notes to accompany the Salvation Army's Christmas baskets right here in Camden.
The teens who serve as Youth Leaders in our program are wonderful role models for the children. They are living proof that not all Camden kids drop out of school, have babies and do drugs. When you speak to these young people, you can tell from their character, their leadership and their plans for the future that they are going places. They also serve as a powerful testimony for why investing in building character in young children is so important. Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
After School Program - Parent Information
What are the day and hours?
Monday - Thursday from 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
How many children attend?
Normally 50 children each day.
What’s the cost?
It is FREE of charge.
Do you provide the children with Christmas gifts?
Yes, each year various churches and organizations sponsor a child for Christmas.
What is the typical schedule?
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Arrival/Recreational time
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Snack time
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Homework time
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Activity time
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Enrichment or Bible Activities.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Take-homes and clean-up
How do I register my child?
Fill out a registration form at the Fellowship House or call the main office at 856 964-4545 and ask to speak to Lisa McKinney.