We're involved in the lives of children
through various ministries, daily and weekly
Whether we are teaching at MasterPeace Academy, helping with music and websites at My Father's House Worcester, or taking part in three Kid's Clubs - we have a heart for kids. Some of these kids are 'latch-key' kids, who don't see their parents all that much. To those kids, we are ouma and oupa (grandma/grandpa) or tante and oom (auntie and uncle). The kids above are from Riverview township, but we also work with township kids from Avian Park, Zweletemba and farm kids from Vinkrivier, near Robertson.
riverview kids club
The photogenic kids in the cover photo are from this club. These precious ones keep us hopping on Wednesday afternoons. Before Tony and Laurie-Ann joined, the club was held indoors at the Chip Ross centre. When we joined in January 2018, we were in an outdoor courtyard, where we still remain in mid May. The weather is getting cooler, so we need to be indoors soon. We have singing, sharing time, fruit, cookies, juice and sometimes small jam sandwiches. Tony also teaches a music lesson to some of the children on recorders. Occasionally, we have a treat outing, like swimming, or hiking! Please check out the Riverview Kids Club page.
iris vinkrivier farm kids club (near robertson)
This was our first kids' club that we spent time with in August 2016. At that time, L-A helped in art, making relationships and sharpening pencils. Tony played sports and made friends. They brought Canadian maple candies, a Canadian frisbee, Canadian flags, stickers and pencils. It became 'Canada' day. On the Copples' return, Tony and L-A have led in music, and Tony has taught on science, financial planing and his faith story. Please check out the Iris Vinkrivier Farm Kids Club page.
masterpeace academy (central worcester)
Whether we are teaching in curriculum (science, music and art), or in relationships (Tuesday family lunch, Tony taking the students swimming), we consider it all family and ministry. Please check out the MasterPeace Academy page (which is being built):
greetings from the kids
Khanyo and Mpho share greetings to the kids from our Ottawa church families. Two of these will make the cut into a film of lots of kids saying hello. And we hope that the greeting will be returned to our Worcester kids!
my father's house worcester (mondays in avian park)
This is a community project led by our friend Jan Buchanan. We are involved on Monday afternoons in music, teaching and love with our friend Soraya and others. To learn more about this club, please check out our My Father's House Worcester club page on this site. To visit My Father's House Worcester Ministry, please visit their website through the link below.
avian park shanty ministry
This ministry is a YWAM Worcester outreach, led by a Nigerian missionary named Folla, three weeknights a week. Tony is involved in being a friend to the children. Pictures may not always be shown here, since these kids are more vulnerable.
My Father's House Worcester: mailbox club leader training Saturdays
From Avian Park to Langerug. We spend Saturday afternoons training up teens and tweens to lead future Mailbox Clubs under My Father's House Worcester. Since the Avian Park library isn't open on Saturdays, we have this time with Soraya and these precious ones in our home. It's often a lot of fun watching them do selfies, ask questions, share food and laughter. Some of these girls are already great leaders. Others have great potential. We believe in all of them.
They learn, they lead, they dance...
Our MFHW teen leaders amazing us with their dance skills in the Avian Park library. They deserved a good de-stress after helping us with kids club that afternoon. We didn't have a translator that day, so we spoke simply and they helped in so many ways.
The girls love to take selfies (especially Macayla and Bella, but Jamelia has a real eye for composition), They found L-A's phone just the right way to do that, while L-A played with little Mya. We could easily have a page of just selfies.
other ministry to children and the vulnerable
We are involved with other children's ministry but cannot show these individuals due to their vulnerable situations.