theChapel Community Church in North Pinellas is fighting the hate and anger of the recent weeks by teaching the next generation to help all people in need. theChapel day camp has over 600 1-5th graders attending their “Angry Birds” Day Camp.
This week long free event is where students are taught to care for those who are struggling with homelessness, poverty, broken homes and how bullying is not what we were created to do.
Students are taught the meaning of living together in community by filling “You Matter” bags full of clothing, filling “You Matter” grocery bags full of food to be distributed to needy families in the local community.
Over 1,000 bags of clothes and meals will be filled over the next week all by 1-5th graders. “This is so healthy for families, to fill the bags together, it is a catalyst for discussion about helping your neighbor and helps the family do something positive together” say Lead Pastor Mark Quattrochi.
The Camp is filled with loads of fun and activities with messages for the students from loving your neighbor to dealing with difficult students in their schools
The Day Camp attendance has impacted the community in a powerful way says Julie Protowokiz “To know that there are still places in your community that love you and can help provide for you in rough times, gives my family a sense of hope”
Jodee Stanton one of the camp organizers says “families and individuals in this time of hate and rage are being led by the little ones, it just gives us a ray of sunshine around some very cloudy times”
theChapel has grown to over 2200 in weekly attendance in just 6 short years. A non-denominational church that emphasis “Church is not just palace you go to but a place you go from” the church jokes that their mantra is grammatically in correct but the message has resonated with surrounding communities from Pasco and Pinellas to Hillsborough counties.