With clear skies and cooler temperatures covering New England this week, local camp coordinators at Evangelical Friends Church Newport are calling their weeklong Kickin’ Kids Sports Camp a WIN!

A trained coaching team from Uncharted Water (UW) Sports Ministry of South Carolina worked with children from across Newport Count in sports mastery, combined with Bible stories featuring a positive message.

“We are excited that over 89 children were able to participate in cheer, soccer, basketball and a preschool Team 45 program. With over 30 parent volunteers and mentors on hand, it made for a great experience for all our campers,” shared EFC Newport Children’s Ministry Director, Nicki Eppley. “We have continuing programs in place with our year-round Children’s and Youth Programs to help keep the kids engaged and plugged in after camp ends. Walking alongside the families in our communities continues to be one of our biggest priorities.”

In it’s fourth year at EFC Newport, the sports program was open children ages 4-12 years in Newport County.to the community. With the help of a number of generous donations, EFC has been able to award scholarships annually. This year several ‘camp graduates’ joined the ranks of Junior Camp Coaches.

“The focus of camp this week was teaching kids how to break free from poor choices and fear by leaning into a relationship with Jesus. The coaching team from UW Sports Ministry does a great job combining sports lessons with Bible stories, sharing the Gospel, and connecting it all with real-life stories of professional athletes who have faced adversity.  This year’s theme, Breaking Free, was rooted in Hebrews 12:1-2,” explained Pastor Paul Hoffman. “It’s a life-giving lesson our children are learning at an early age.”

The next summertime children’s event EFC will sponsor will be an Ice Cream Social for ages 12 and under. EFC will be partnering with Frosty Freez for this make-your-own-sundae event,      serving up a colorful selection of toppings, whipped cream and fresh, hot popcorn. The FREE event will be held Friday, July 20 at 12 noon at the EFC North Campus location at 14 Potomac Road, Portsmouth. The event is open to the community.

EFC Newport is a contemporary Christian church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown RI with a campus location, EFC North, at 14 Potomac Road, Portsmouth RI.

For more information visit www.efcnewport.com

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