Exciting News: Children & Youth

Written by Meghan Travis

Nathaniel Mission is preparing to revive a cornerstone ministry focus in children and youth development that was once a central aspect of the Mission’s operations. We are prayfully stepping into the communities near the Mission. The two areas of focus are Cardinal Valley & Harrison Elementary Schools. The establishing of excellent programs that offer holistic growth and advancement opportunities for the children and youth of Lexington is a critical goal the Mission has set for itself in 2017 and beyond.

The month of April has many opportunities to connect with these neighborhoods. 

Saturday, April 1st 1-3pm: Speigle Heights Saturday in the Park

We believe we are called to love our neighbors and that means Speigle Heights, the neighborhood directly behind the Mission!  We are spending an afternoon connecting with families and children in our neighborhood.  There will be refreshments, games, activities, and crafts.  

Friday, April 7th 1-4pm: Adopt Valley Park

Connecting with Partners for Youth, a local organization who partners with community leaders for provide safe place in neighborhood parks, we are hosting a day in the park with Calvary Church of the Nazarene.  We are looking for volunteers to connect with students and families and lead activities that provide new experiences for kids.

Saturday, April 22nd 1-3pm: Cardinal Valley Canvas 

As you will see below, the Mission is launching a pilot Summer Enrichment program, and we need help getting the word out.  We are meeting at Valley Park to canvas the area right around the park to let neighbors know who we are and what exciting programs we will be offering this summer!

Summer Enrichment Camps

A critical need the Mission is seeking to address is summer learning loss.   To help close this gap, Nathaniel Mission will be host weekly 4-day enrichment camps throughout the summer from 9am to 1pm.  Two weeks will target Cardinal Valley Elementary, and two weeks will target Harrison Elementary, though no student will be turned away.  There will be four components to our time: health & physical activity, reading, hands-on project, and character development. Clear expectations & camp culture will be established through team building & small group times.  These times will develop community and character traits that center around the question, “What needs to be done?”  We are committed to building long-lasting relationships with families, providing engaging age-appropriate academic activities, and expose youth to new experiences.

All camps are Monday - Thursday.  Cost is $5 for 2 weeks. We have a pay as you go system; don't let money get in the way of coming.  Registration packets can be pick up at The Mission, Cardinal Valley Elementary, or Harrison Elementary.

  • Coolavin Park - Week 1: June 5-8 | 3-7:30p
  • Valley Park - Week 1: June 19-22 | 9a-1p
  • Coolavin Park - Week 2: June 26-29 | 3-7:30p
  • Valley Park - Week 2: July 10-13 | 9a-1p


If you are interested in volunteering with any of these programs, please contact: Meghan Travis at mtravis@nathanielmission.com or call 859-255-0062.  One of our biggest resources is the time and energy of our volunteers. 

Since this is a pilot program, we are starting with NOTHING.  We are looking for basic school supplies, arts & craft supplies, and any gift cards you would give.  

Here is a list of specific things needed for our April events: 

  • Bottles of water
  • Large Car Wash Sponges
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Frisbees
  • Hula Hoops
  • Corn Hole Boards & Bags
  • Noodles
  • Wiffle Balls
  • Basketballs
  • Children’s Books (we would love to give each kid a book)

We look forward to the many ways God will move in the heart of our neighbors and our own hearts as we step out into where He is leading!


Meghan Travis, Children & Youth Development Coordinator
     Bachelors of Art in Missions from Asbury University
     Over 10 years of experience loving on children and families
     Seeking adventure through books, outdoors, music, & new experiences