Photos from Summer of 2018
Get ready, here we come! The 2019 Kids’ Café organization is underway. Any churches, businesses, organizations and/or individuals interested in helping in any way, please call. Our new contact person is Ruth Ann Mowery (570-649-5900). The dates serving free lunches in the park to children up to age 18 will be Monday, June 10th, through Wednesday, August 21st. Thank you to everyone that has helped make Kids’ Café a success over the past 6 years. May our 7th year flourish.
Founded in 2013, volunteers from the church provide FREE cooked lunches every weekday of the summer (except July 4th) at the Watsontown Memorial Park. This lunch program is open to any/all school-age children, regardless of school district or family background. This ministry’s conviction is that none of our communities’ children should go without a nutritious meal or some heart-pumping fun at the park. Kids’ Cafe: Watsontown is staffed by volunteers from Watsontown UMC and other individuals from the community who care and wish to invest in the lives of children.
Volunteers gather each morning of the summer to plan, pack, and pray over all of the lunches made that day. This group typically meets between 8:00AM and 10:00AM (depending on the complexity of the meal!) in the kitchen of Watsontown UMC. Other volunteers with the ministry also coordinate numerous activities for the lunch hour. These activities include events like bike rodeos, reading programs in partnership with the Montgomery House Library, safety programs with the Watsontown Police Department, fun martial arts instruction led by Pastor Ryan Krauss, and many more! Although Kids’ Cafe: Watsontown only lasts from 11:00AM – 12:30PM daily, there is always something to do.
Are YOU interested in being a part of this vibrant outreach? Here are some ways that you can participate: (1) share a talent: teach basketball, soccer, Frisbee, four square, T-ball, crafts, cheer leading, or other hobbies and skills. (2) Help prepare lunches in the church kitchen at 9:30 AM, (3) Help serve lunch at the park at 11:00 AM, (4) Assist with clean-up at 12:30 PM, (5) Make a financial contribution and keep Kids’ Café in your prayers as we serve free lunch every Monday – Friday throughout the summer (except July 4). If you are able to assist in any way, leave a message for Linda (570-538-1017 Ext. 6) or send an e-mail to the church office (email@example.com).
Kids’ Cafe: Watsontown, a certified Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), is a ministry of Watsontown United Methodist Church, in cooperation and partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport. All facilities used in the preparation and service of food are inspected annually for fitness for those purposes by PA Department of Agriculture in order to maintain SFSP certification.