Children & Youth
At Cameron Avenue we love and value our children, and we make every effort to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6). The youth group at Cameron Ave. is a growing group that is committed to one another and to spiritual growth. Our older teens, grades 9th-12th meet for class every Sunday and Wednesday taught by our youth minister, Nick Schmahl. We offer Bible Classes on Sundays and Wednesdays to children of all ages, including Cradle Roll for the very youngest and a new Toddlers and 2's class. The younger teens, grades 6th-12th are taught by various teachers. Our group in total consists of about 15 teens. We participate in several events throughout the year including church camp at Camp Idlewild, the Belpre Youth Rally, Winterfest, several service projects, a number of homework studies together, and tons of other events. Cameron teens meet once a month with teens from other area churches, too. If you are looking for a youth group that involves everyone, learns daily, and builds connections with others, then Cameron Avenue youth group is a great place for you!
There is Room at Breakfast
Each Sunday morning before Bible Study, we gather for food and fellowship in preparation for worship. Doors open at 8:45am with breakfast served at 9:00am. This ministry serves both our members and anyone in the community––our neighbors–– who wish to come and have breakfast with us without charge. Bring your Bible and your appetite. The kitchen closes promptly at 9:25am.
Silver Shakers is a program for Christian men and women 60 years of age and older. This group of Shakers are involved in all aspects of the church: teaching, benevolence, leadership, giving and support of all working groups. Many of the Silver Shaker women are members and supporters of the “Red Hatters,” an active group of Christian women that regularly fellowship together and visit many local attractions as a group. The Shakers enjoy meetings together that usually provide a meal or snack. The group traveled together to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and attended a play about “Noah.” This was a three-day event and was a wonderful time of fellowship. The Silver Shakers plan more 'get-togethers' in the future and more trips are in the works. If you are 60 and over, please come when we have our next announced fellowship.
Each year we host a Fall Festival on (or near) Halloween for our church family and our community with costumes, food, games, candy, trunk-or-treat, and more!
We have recently donated our 10,000th bear as a result of the hard work of the dedicated members of the Bear Ministry. Members of this ministry spend time at home cutting out patterns, painting whimsical faces, and sewing bears. On the 4th Monday of the month the group gathers at 9:30 am to stuff the bears, stitch them up and send them on their way. Our bears represent the love of our congregation to those in the hospital, children in orphanages, people in mission fields, families who visit the area health departments and the children served by our local fire and emergency crews.
Many of our membership are in various local nursing/assisted living facilities. We regularly attend to the needs of these residents. Dunlop House is a residential assisted living facility in our community that houses an Alzheimer's unit. Volunteers from the congregation meet each Tuesday at 10:00 am to help the staff with the scheduled activity of the day. We assist in cooking, crafting and even spelling bees! It is our hope that we glorify God with our worship and assure the residents that they are remembered by our congregation and our God.
The Food Pantry at Cameron Avenue is used to meet the needs of families in our community. Requests for food are received on Wednesday mornings, between the hours of 9-12. Each year in October we begin a special collection for Pack the Pulpit. Non- perishable items are collected each Sunday for five weeks and brought down front to the pulpit by the children during worship. It is a blessing to watch the pile grow! At the end of the collection period, baskets are put together containing all the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving meal and distributed to families on our benevolence list. Please feel free to contact us if you need, or someone who needs a basket for Thanksgiving.
The congregation at Cameron Avenue is fully committed to sharing the wealth we have in Christ with others. We support a Latino congregation in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area where the pulpit is filled by Lucas Vasconcellos. We also financially support the church in the Ukraine and Belize. Our goal to bring children to Christ is realized by our support of the Potter's Children's Home and Family Ministry in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We support them financially each month and have taken groups the last two summers to provide physical support. While in Bowling Green we were able to assist in moving residents, holding an end-of- VBS celebration, cleaning and organizing the food pantry and assembling playground equipment. We allocate resources to Camp Idlewild in Spring Grove, Virginia. The facilities at the camp are used by local congregations for retreats and gatherings and youth camps are held every summer.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Each year we have VBS for children of all ages. Each night there are snacks, crafts, skits, singing, puppets, and even games! Check the Upcoming Events page for this year’s dates.