On Sunday afternoon, when all three of Nederland’s churches had let out, a group of children, aged six to 12, from the youth groups of the churches gathered at the Nederland Ice Rink for a time of fun and fellowship.
It is an event whose time has come. The Nederland Churches, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, the Nederland Community Presbyterian Church and Calvary Chapel, have initiated a once-a-month youth activity, open to the entire community.
The group began when Barbara Hardt approached other churches to find out how to get all the children together for a group activity. Dee Long, the mentor for the Calvary Chapel Youth Group, was eager to help in planning the activities.
The first outing was a trip on the RTD bus to Boulder. The group rode the bus down, ate lunch at Smash Burger, went to the movies to see “The Hobbit” and then rode the bus back up to Nederland. The first group was nine children and two adults. Even riding a bus is fun when you are with friends.
Last Sunday, Feb. 10, the second outing, 19 children and three adults participated in a trip to the NedRink. The outing was organized by Nederland Community Presbyterian Church. Some of the parents donned skates and hoped muscle memory would kick in. The children helped each other and frolicked, trying spins and backward skating, forming lines and learning new tricks.
Nederland Elementary School physical education Teacher Mary Joyce demonstrated some of her fancy moves, inspiring the youth to push their envelopes.
Nederland High School student Kalina Culver said it was a fun day and fun to meet students from other churches. Most of them know each other from school but often don’t have a chance to talk to them about what they do in their church. “It’s nice to hear what the other churches are all about,” she said.
The next group is Sunday, March 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m. at the Nederland Community Center. Teens are invited to participate in Gym Dodge Ball and all ages are invited to play games and create arts and crafts. Children who wish to participate need to be signed in and out by a parent or guardian. Hardt and Long are hoping that youth from other mountain churches will join their activities, like Coal Creek, Gilpin County churches and Ward.
A member of the NCPC, Mary Melander, took off her skates, her cheeks rosy from the sun, wind and ice and said she enjoyed meeting other people and talking to them about Jesus. “It is good knowing they are coming from the same place.”
Interested churches or youth who would like more information should email email@example.com or call 303-810-5409.