For Decades we have been Blessed to serve our Community!
Camp Timothy is the largest program of Churches for Urban Ministry. It is a six-week summer camp for children ages 5 to 14. For the past 63 years, Camp Timothy has served as a safe, caring and nurturing environment for children. The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Competent instructors are hired for each of four workshops along with two counselors for each of the seven groups and the usual support staff to lead approximately 84- 100 campers.
Camp Timothy strengthens the quality of life for children living in the inner-city and surrounding communities of Lynchburg. In 2016 Camp Timothy will celebrate its 64th year! Camp has continuously been held at Westminster Presbyterian Church. At least 60% or more of the children return the next year. The cost to each child is $125 for the entire six weeks, while the actual cost is approximately $650 per child. The remaining $525 per child must be raised by Churches for Urban Ministry. Our fees are kept reasonable and manageable for the economically disadvantaged families of our community.
As you might imagine, there are limited funds for scholarships for Camp Timothy. There are always children who cannot pay even the $125 fee for the entire six week camp. Over forty percent of our campers come from single-parent homes. A number of these families receive Social Service benefits. Several grandparents on fixed incomes are, out of necessity, raising their grandchildren. We also have families who use our food pantry services.
Camp Timothy is able to operate on a limited budget and still offer a nutritious breakfast and hot lunch daily thanks to the USDA food program (and supplemented by Camp Timothy funds). It was determined by our Camp Timothy Director that few of the children receive a nutritious breakfast at home. Providing two nutritious meals a day may be the only proper nutrition many Camp Timothy children receive.
Camp Timothy seeks to meet its objectives through the following: daily worship, community service projects, enrichment programs, daily recreation swimming, Bible study, arts, crafts, music, drama/puppets, storytelling, education/cultural tours and various field trips.
Since 1952, the program has grown from serving 8 children to serving approximately 90 children. The staff has grown from one staff member to twenty–six staff members. Our Camp Director for over 20 years, attended Camp Timothy when she was a child. Many of our counselors return each summer. We now have third generation children who attend the camp. With the high return rate of our staff and campers, we feel that Camp Timothy is a proven and valuable asset to our community.
Community Food Pantry
Churches for Urban Ministry Community Food Pantry, is a vital and much needed ministry in the community. Our mission is to collaborate with and assist other community based organizations with combating poverty and hunger in the city of Lynchburg. We receive non-perishable food from our member churches, and in partnership with the Red Truck Ministry, we work to supply food for children and families who have a need. Most member churches, contribute pantry items or money during the one month a year that they have chosen to participate.
The Timothy Academy
The Timothy Academy is an after-school tutorial program that meets twice a week from October to May. Each participant is given the opportunity to complete homework and participate in enrichment workshops. The workshops include Computer, Math, Science, Reading, English/ Language Arts, Social Studies/ History, and Special Projects. Children enrolled in the program also attend a variety of enrichment activities such as a visit to the Randolph College Maier Museum of Art and Morris Orchard. One of their most beloved (and fun) activities is to participate in the annual Lynchburg Christmas Parade.
The Timothy Academy is a partner in education with Lynchburg City Schools.
Training Young Men Successfully (TYMS)
Directed by Jason Giambrone, TYMS is a mentoring program for 3rd – 5th grade boys in Lynchburg, VA. TYMS – standing for “Training Young Men Successfully” enrolls 10 students who attend R.S. Payne Elementary School located in the College Hill Neighborhood. TYMS meets weekly from October to May in the Education Building of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The mission of TYMS is to equip young men with the tools needed to be successful in school, the community and at home. TYMS seeks to prepare young men for the transitions faced by every young man on his journey into manhood. An emphasis is placed on spiritual growth, self-esteem, self-control, community service and academic progression.
Grow & Give Community Garden
The Grow and Give Community Garden was started in response to the need for fresh food and food access in the downtown area. Neighbors have loaned the use of their property to CFUM and volunteers plant, weed, water and harvest the vegetables. During Camp Timothy, each group of children have a time to come to the garden to experience planting and harvesting as well as trying fresh vegetables right from the ground! This year, CFUM was awarded a grant from the Lynchburg Food Council which enabled us to purchase a shed to keep tools and supplies in as well as a compost bin. Food from the garden is shared with nearby neighbors as well as the children who attend Camp Timothy and Timothy Academy.