Why I Serve...

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Gaye Buchanan teaches our 4-year-old Wee Explorers Preschool class.

I serve in Wee Explorers because working with children makes me happy. I was already volunteering on Wednesdays with children at the church in first through fifth grades and enjoying it. I saw the Wee Explorers job advertised in the Sylva Herald and felt instantly that God had led me to it. I wanted something part-time and I love children so it was a perfect fit.
I love the age group (4 yrs) because they are small enough to be hilarious and old enough to teach. I left 2 hours early today for a funeral and they all had to hug me goodbye before I could leave! My grandchildren all live away from here so it also fills a void in my life.

Why I Serve...

November always provides the opportunity of us to take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for. I’m most thankful for our families and staff that are part of the 1st Explorers community. We’re continually learning, sharing, and growing together here. Over the next few weeks, our newsletters will have a brief note from staff members sharing about why they serve in 1st Explorers. I hope you will take the time to read these and pray for our staff as they serve.
- Kelly Brown

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Cenyu Yang is a Group Leader in our After School Ministry. She is from Conover, N.C and is majoring in Health and Physical Education at Western Carolina University. 

I serve in 1st Explorers because I love working with children and adolescents. Therefore, I am serving 1st Explorers as a mentor, teacher, and a friend to help guide these kids so that they can go do great things in the future by giving them the educational and enrichment activities that they need to be successful. 

Why I Serve...

November always provides the opportunity of us to take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for. I’m most thankful for our families and staff that are part of the 1st Explorers community. We’re continually learning, sharing, and growing together here. Over the next few weeks, our newsletters will have a brief note from staff members sharing about why they serve in 1st Explorers. I hope you will take the time to read these and pray for our staff as they serve.
- Kelly Brown

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Kayle Starnes, K-1 Group Leader from Hickory, N.C. Majoring in History at Western Carolina University 

Why I serve in First Explorers is an easy question: the kids! I enjoy seeing their eyes light up when they know an answer about The Bible and I love watching them grow as children of God and help their friends out no matter their need!

Lights on After School

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Join 1st Explorers tomorrow, Thursday,  October 25th to celebrate Lights on After School beginning at 4:00 PM in our Mission and Fellowship Center. We will have a variety of projects on display and we welcome visitors to participate. Please join us as we celebrate the work of 1st Explorers in After School and After School Programs across the nation.

National Lights on After School Day

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On October 25th, 1st Explorers will participate in National Lights on After School Day. We will be sharing various projects and videos in the Mission and Fellowship Center beginning at 4:00 PM. Additionally, we will be receiving a proclamation from the Town of Sylva acknowledging our work! Please join us on October 25th as we celebrate After School! 

1st Explorers Hurricane Relief

For the past week, we have been talking with our Explorers in After School about Hurricane Florence and how devastating it has been for many families who have lost their homes, belongings, and even have lost loved ones. I have been in contact with the North Carolina Baptist Men who provide a significant amount of disaster relief and support to communities. During chapel we have been talking about community and how we can support the Body of Christ with our gifts and out of this timely discussion the kids have been able to create a list of things we will be putting in bags to deliver to a donation processing center to support those have been affected by the storm. Until October 12th we will be accepting donations for the following items:

  • Gallon Ziplock bags 

  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste

  • Hand sanitizer 

  • Snacks (Poptarts, granola bars, trail mix, etc.) 

  • Soap

  • Notebooks 

  • Pens and Pencils

Items can be dropped off at the back door during pick-up. After the 12th, we will put the bags together as a part of our weekly chapel service on Monday, October 15th, then we will organize a time to have the items delivered to a Mission Camp in Shelby, NC. 

Remembering Summer Camp 2018

Summer Explorers Camp 2018 has come and gone. We now have memories of songs, time spent on field trips, memory verses from our daily and weekly chapel and bible study moments, and, most of all, the relationships that we have shared as we learned, shared and grew together this summer! This is a video of the many memories 1st Explorers shared together this summer. I hope you will enjoy this video of our summer camp memories. 
Kelly,
1st Explorers Director