REPORTING · 21st July 2011
Kitimat played host to youth from 13 different communities over the week of July 9th to the 16th. The Baptist Church and Youth Group put on Serve, where the youth did work to better the community of Kitimat.
”We had 170 visitors from all across western Canada. Mostly youth and their leaders. They came at their expense to spend a week with us, help the community and they painted and they gardened and they cleaned up dyke road, got tons of garbage out of there, they spent the whole week with us,” said Pastor Paul Stade.
There were 29 different activities including projects at the Chamber of Commerce, The Dyke Road cleanup, The MESS Garden, Nechako Centre, the Kin Camp, and many more. Projects were also carried out at a lot of the local churches including the Baptist, Two O’Clock, Anglican, Alliance, and United Churches.
The groups were split into teams that went off to different activities and worked hard to make Kitimat a better place. One team even went to Prince Rupert and helped spruce up some of the buildings there as well.
“They had a great time. They loved it. The sun shone a few days and it was just beautiful. The weather was great,” said Stade. “They lived at Riverlodge, they slept at Riverlodge. They had their lunches prepared for them, bagged to go to their work site and then they came back to Riverlodge, had free time until supper and they had supper [at the church] every night and we were feeding 200 people with every meal.”
Kitimat City Council gave special thanks to the youth who participated at their meeting on July 18th. Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to write a letter of thanks to the Baptist Church.
The next Serve will be in Peace River in 2012.
All photos contributed by Baptist Church.