Playful ministry

Published 1:17 am Wednesday, April 29, 2009

By By MaryClaire Foster
After months of planning and weeks of work, all will come to fruition as the First Baptist Church Atmore opens its newly revamped outdoor play area this May.
Tina Francis, FBC Minister to Children, said the renovation to the church playground was a necessity to the church’s ministries.
Besides general use of the area by members’ children, children who attend daycare and pre-school at the church will also use the facilities.
Francis said one major point of consideration in the renovation was the age range of children who use the play area.
Francis said the area for the 6 months to 3 years age range includes one unit with a slide, tunnel and built in playhouse as well as manipulative panels for cognitive development and will also have existing pieces included.
The larger area of the outside facility is for children up to 12 years old.
Francis said they are mostly in the finishing touches stage of construction with only the engineered wood fiber to be added under the equipment and some landscaping to be finished before completion.
Francis said the church sees this as an extension of its ministry.

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