August Two-0” became a rallying call for the planning team of the Children’s Health Fair. Early Sunday morning on “August Two-0,” August 20, 2017, the team of about 30 people from the Washington, Georgia, Church, coordinated by the former district pastor, Rebecca Davis, brought many families together at the Pope Conference Center in Washington.
The CREATION Kids’ Program was adapted, with the goal to introduce the eight principles of healthy living to children in grades K-8, and served about 50 community guests that day. Concurrent with the Health Fair, Winona Preston taught songs and children played small percussion instruments in a music center, and Jackie Brooks-Winston conducted a parenting class, which was well attended. Backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies were given to the children.
Eight stations were set up: C (choice) — led by Shirley Johnson, using games and posters teaching the children to make wise choices; R (rest) — stressing early to bed and how children can take breaks, was done by Georgette Wright; E (environment) — headed by Taffiny Mills, with lots of flowers and dirt, and a small potted plant for each child to take with them; A (activity) — jumping, tumbling, leaping, and stretching were all done with the children by Stephanie Brown, a volunteer for the Health Fair from the community; T (trust in God) — with storytelling by Grace Crawford, including characters in costumes bringing the Bible to life; I (interpersonal relationships) — lingering at this station, the children sat in a semicircle with Equilla Wright, discussing bullying and how to be there for family and friends; O (outlook) — Brenda Barber decorated her station to draw the children, and was found helping the young minds to click into positive thinking; and N (nutrition) — Gwendolyn Harrell and her team were ready for the children by offering nutritious snacks, smoothies, and fresh fruit for them to stuff into the apple green bags that they took to each station.
The event was made possible through an Evangelism Compassion Grant from the North American Division Ministerial Department (NAD), applied for by Ruth Mendinghall and Eula Winston of the South Atlantic Conference Clergy Spouses organization. Not only did NAD grant the funds, but Yolanda Smith of the Southern Union Conference and Donna Jackson of NAD lent their personal efforts to the project.
South Atlantic | November 2017