Nel­son Heights to host sev­eral sum­mer events

The Covington News - - LOCAL - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

A group of lo­cal churches and min­istries are work­ing to­gether to turn the Nel­son Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­ter into a bustling place this sum­mer.

The groups kicked off fes­tiv­i­ties with a May 17 block party that drew a crowd of about 200, with 35-40 people pray­ing to re­ceive for­give­ness and sal­va­tion, said Rob McClure, a lo­cal res­i­dent help­ing or­ga­nize and pro­mote the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Over the next few months, var­i­ous groups will be host­ing sum­mer camps, va­ca­tion Bi­ble schools, game nights and com­mu­nity sup­port and share groups.

Sum­mer camp

The main sum­mer ac­tiv­ity is the sum­mer camp be­ing hosted by Camp Jewell, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s pro­vided sum­mer en­rich­ment camps across the U.S. for years.

The sum­mer camp is run­ning from now un­til Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day. The camp has a $20 reg­is­tra­tion fee. McClure said some fam­i­lies can’t af­ford the fee, so he’s try­ing to raise money to help those fam­i­lies. Call McClure at 404-580-09975 to do­nate.

The camp will pro­vide break­fast, lunch and a snack. It also pro­vides en­rich­ment pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing sports, arts and ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Camp Jewell at 770-602-4814.

Next events, Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing For­give­ness

A com­mu­nity-based sup­port and share group based on Charles Stan­ley’s book “Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing For­give- ness” is also tak­ing place this week.

The group will kick off at 7 p.m. Thurs­day at the Nel­son Heights cen­ter and will meet the first and third Thurs­days of the month at 7 p.m. mov­ing for­ward.

McClure said the group is in­tended to help bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether by en­cour­ag­ing for­give­ness and pro­vid­ing sup­port re­sources.

“In or­der to be a com­mu­nity you have to ex­pe­ri­ence for­give­ness,” McClure said.

Fri­day game night and VBSs

The groups, led by One Heart Min­istries, will host a game night Fri­day night at the cen­ter, but McClure said the date has yet to be de­cided.

In ad­di­tion, two churches are plan­ning to host va­ca­tion Bi­ble schools at the cen­ter, but the de­tails are still be­ing worked out.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The Camp Jewell sum­mer en­rich­ment is up and run­ning at the Nel­son Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and will run through­out the sum­mer.

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