Bridging the Generation Gap


Fifth- and sixth-graders from Christ United Methodist Church, 3515 S. Harvard Ave., began a week of service as part of the church’s Water’s Edge Mission Camp.

The annual camp runs through Thursday. It includes several service projects within and outside of the church and a trip to the Big Splash water park.

Campers washed wheelchairs, painted fingernails and called bingo, as well as helped with housekeeping chores at the Heatheridge Assisted Living and Residential Care Community, 2130 S. 85thEast Ave.

“I enjoyed it very much,” said Jeanette Austin, 80, a Heatheridge resident. “These young kids and their personality, their excitement and everything is wonderful.”

Tanya Erickson, the children’s ministry associate director for the church, said this year’s turnout for the wheelchair wash was about triple what the group saw last year. She said some residents were nervous because their wheel-chairs are vital to their daily lives and they wanted to be sure that the chairs were handled with care.

Most of the apprehension subsided, though, and several of the children said the residents told them they were very pleased.

Austin, who uses a motorized wheelchair, said the campers were polite and nice.

“They can’t of course wash it, but they cleaned it and wiped it and all that,” she said. “And then the young man came back and asked me if there was anything else he could do to the wheelchair that would make me feel better.”

The campers all said they had fun at the event, which fulfills one of the youth ministry’s goals.

“The thing about service is finding something that they can enjoy,” Erickson said.

She said the church also likes to revisit Heatheridge to build a stronger relationship between the children and the residents.

“Some of the guests here don’t have family, so it’s kind of nice having people come out here to talk to,” Darianna Hubbard, 11, said.

Austin agreed.

“Most of us have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and we don’t get to see them very often,” she said. “It’s a pleasure to have (other children) come in, even if it’s just for an hour or something.”

Read the complete Tulsa World article here.

One generation shall praise Thy works to another, And shall declare Thy mighty acts.” ~ Psalm 145:4




					
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