As Christians we are motivated by the example Christ set to share a common goal, of caring for those Jesus referred to as, “the least of these.” There are over 4,000 children living in foster care in our state. One of the ways we can follow the example set by Christ is with Royal Family Kids Camp where we MAKE MOMENTS MATTER, TREAT PEOPLE ROYALLY, and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

Royal Family Kids Camp (RFKC) is a weeklong summer camp serving children from the foster care system. This camp offers these children a weeklong escape to have fun and just be kids. They will be able to participate in a variety of activities including swimming, hiking, woodworking and more. Each day they will get to hear about the love of God through bible stories, worship, and prayer.

I have had the blessing of joining kids at camp during 8 incredible summers. One evening I was sitting with a young girl eating dinner where I asked her what was her favorite thing about camp. I expected her answer to include swimming, playing or doing crafts, but for her “meal time is my favorite because I can eat dinner, laugh and no one is yelling at me.” We can MAKE MOMENTS MATTER in simple ways by just being present and modeling love. Camp is a place where we celebrate the birth of each of our campers with games, cake, and birthday gifts. We can TREAT PEOPLE ROYALLY by showing love with no expectations in return. As campers reach the point of aging out of foster care or camp, they love to return as counselors, social workers, or foster parents themselves. We are breaking the cycle for future generations by teaching that we can KEEP MOVING FORWARD and look towards the promise that Jesus has given us.

Join us for a family movie night at Aspen Ridge Church on Saturday February 11th at 6:30pm, where we will watch CAMP and learn more about youth in foster care and how we as a church can help. On his 10th birthday, Eli, a neglected and abused kid, is taken to the hospital by police who respond to a domestic disturbance call. Eli is removed from his home and is placed in Locustwood, a facility little better than a youth prison. He spends a week at Royal Family Kids Camp where kids are treated “Royally” and learn about their godly family along with other foster peers. Here is a review for the movie CAMP.

It only takes a relationship with one loving Christ centered adult to change the story these campers tell themselves about their future. We are partnering again this year with Royal Family Kids Camp Littleton to bring 40 kids to camp from July 30th to August 4th, 2023. If you are interested in more information, please contact Debbie Stewart Debbie.Stewart@AspenRidgeChurch.org or Bethany Van Mill bvanmill@sbcglobal.net

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