Flower City Review
The end of March brought spring break and with it, Flower City Work Camp. Once again, this mission to local Rochesterians was a huge success! Pearce sent 23 students and numerous adults who worked on homes and shared Christ in deep and purposeful ways to many in our city. Each year, this ministry proves to be a fantastic way to teach our students how to practically live out their faith and to worship with hundreds of other local students. Thank you to all who participated this year, both students and adults.
Junior High Overnight
Each year, we take our junior teens (7th-8th graders) for an overnight to Hickory Hill. It is a wonderful time to get away and escape everyday life, laugh, and enjoy some time with friends. While the trip was only 24 hours long, we played a lifetime’s worth of Dodgeball, ate fantastic meals provided by Karen Hopkins, and had some excellent times in the Word. This year, we also brought along a couple of our seniors to act as junior leaders. This proved to be an exceptional idea, as the seniors really helped the young teens feel accepted, and it allowed the old guys like me some respite from having to play Dodgeball!
The Years Keep Rolling
The end of April always means the end of our Wednesday night programs. Inevitably, I am asked each year why we end so early. There are a number of reasons for this decision. First, it is a very busy time of year for our students with finals, AP exams, prom, sports, and all that comes with the end of the school year. We don’t want to put students in a place where they have to decide between studying and being at teens. The second reason is that our leaders give a tremendous amount of time throughout the year. They lead Wednesday nights from September-May, and then Tuesday nights all summer for TNT. By ending the last week of April, I am able to give them a 6-8 week break. I have such an appreciation for what our leaders do, and I know that we would never be able to pull off all that we do without our volunteers. The last thing I want to do is burn them out. This year, we ended our Wednesday night programs with an evening of bowling and an evening of fun teen challenges: shaving cream, eggs, and squirt guns, oh my!
Be sure to take note of the dates for this summer’s TNTs!
- June 28: Pool Party at Kuhlkin’s, 6:30-8pm
- July 5: No TNT (4th of July Week)
- July 12: Picnic at Hamlin Beach (Guys bring soda, Girls chips/cookies), meet at Pearce at 5:30pm, return by 8pm
- July 19: Seabreeze Night, families are welcome, students under 7th grade must be accompanied by adult; cost: $20; meet at Pearce at 5:30pm, return by 10:30pm
- July 26: Pool Party at Emerson’s, 6:30-8pm
- August 2: No TNT (Algonquin Canoe Trip)
- August 9: No TNT
- August 16: Whiffleball/Kickball and Ice Cream Sundaes at Black Creek Park, 6:30-8
- August 23: Club House Go-Carts and Mini Golf, cost: $20; meet at Pearce at 5:30pm, return at 8:30pm