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“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!” This was the general sentiment of approximately sixty children and their families at Riverwood Apartments at Colonial Beach. On Saturday at about 11 o’clock Pastors James and Angela Kittrell, along with 25 youth volunteers from Emmanuel Faith Ministries in Colonial Beach, came to Riverwood to sponsor a day of fun and fellowship. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. children played tag football, had water balloon tosses, jumped double Dutch rope, painted faces, created arts and crafts projects, competed in hula hoop and dance contests and feasted on all-you-can-eat lunch.
Sounding over the jubilant screams and laughter of children was the friendly siren of Colonial Beach Fire Department arriving to allow the children to explore the firefighting and rescue truck and tools.
Not only were the children engaged in the day’s activities, but so were parents and other adult residents. Mayor Rummage, Chief Hawkins, Officer Lionel Richards, Commonwealth Attorney Dean Atkins and his wife Wanda came to take part and to show their support for such a positive effort to build community.
Businesses and individuals such as WalMart, MacDonald’s of Colonial Beach, Hall’s Market, Hilltop Cleaners, Anointed Hair, Kittrell’s Chicken and Ribs, and Food Lion of Colonial Beach, made donations and otherwise stepped up to the plate to help make this event successful.
This Fun Day was the brain child and vision of Riverwood manager Valerie Jones, and Pastor Angela Kittrell. They defined what they wanted to accomplish and passed the vision on to Emmanuel Faith’s Youth Minister, Jennifer Redman.
Minister Redman is a federal probation officer. She handles several cases where youth are involved, and she has a heart for the progress of young people. She believes that what many young people need to see is unity, where people of all social experiences can come together and build coalition communities that create platforms where children can excel.
Many in attendance agreed that this day was only the beginning of many more positive youth oriented activities to come to the Colonial Beach community. Asked how she thought the event turned out, Pastor Angela replied, “We were concerned that the weather forecast for Saturday called for rain. I suppose divine intervention held the rain in the sky until our event was over.”
Over the years Emmanuel Faith Ministries has served on several mission fields in Africa and Israel. Yet, Pastor Angela insists that foreign missions become less meaningful when we ignore the need to be proactive and productive in our own community. “I think the thing I liked the most about the day is that we all just came to get together to enjoy each other’s company,” Pastor Angela added. “We can be so serious on our jobs and even in church. It’s just good that everybody can come together and lightened up for just plain fun.”
By Marie Shadd