YPBC Partnership with Oneida Nation of the Thames

In the summer of 2015, Yorkminster Park began an exciting mission partnership with First Oneida Baptist Church. First Oneida is located on a First Nations reserve near London, Ontario. A team of thirteen members traveled to Oneida and led a day camp for 58 children and youth. Shirley Gleadall, pastor of First Oneida, was our host. The camp sessions were held at the Standing Stone Elementary School. The children were lively and engaging, and our leaders formed wonderful bonds and connections.

Some hi-lights of the week included:

• worshipping with the people of First Oneida on the Sunday evening, and singing familiar hymn tunes in the Oneida language;

• leading Bible studies, games, crafts and special events for the campers;

• meeting with parents and listening to their stories of life on the reserve

• making new friendships and enjoying hugs from the children

• learning about the rich First Nations culture of the Oneida people

We hope to go back to Oneida in the summer of 2016.
If you would like a new adventure in mission and service, please pray and consider joining our team. Contact Rev. Dale Rose for more information.

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To view photos from our mission, click here.