This Summer, West End Community Church is proud to affiliate with Summer Off and with The Philip Center as we work together to bring the Gospel message to the West End neighborhood. Below is the history of the program;
"On a hot July day, in 2009, a handful of us set up a folding table in a Park in Providence, RI — Dexter Park. We offered face painting and crafts, played a little soccer and shared the gospel with kids who came for the free city lunches. Maybe eight or ten kids were there. They had fun. We had fun. So we decided to come back the next day. They brought their friends, we played more soccer and gave out some juice packs. Then we all did it again. Except more kids came the third day. So we made a trip to Sam’s Club for more drinks and came back the fourth day. By the end of the week there were about 50 kids who wanted to play and listen to us share about Jesus. We didn’t do much planning that summer. This project developed very organically. But we were surprised by how responsive the kids were. So the next Summer we came back, in partnership with Faith and Hope Baptist Church. We did it the week before their VBS and while we played and ate snacks and talked about Jesus, we also invited them to VBS. That also seemed to work. So we’ve done it each summer since."