Gatekeepers Workcamp began at Lakeside Baptist Church in 1992 as a missions partnership between a consortium of Rocky Mount churches. In this, the twenty-seventh consecutive year of Gatekeepers Workcamp, we had approximately 100 youth and nearly 60 adults from fourteen area churches. This year, Gatekeepers provided assistance by renovating eight homes for elderly and disabled homeowners in our community and to the shelter at My Sister's House.
The Mission of Gatekeepers Workcamp is to provide a hands-on, Christian mission experience for youth in grades 6-12 in an ecumenical setting and to provide free home repairs for homeowners who are unable to maintain their homes because of financial or physical limitations. The goals of Gatekeepers Workcamp are to provide hands to work for Christ, ears to listen as Christ, and hearts to be changed by Christ; to expose young people to the needs of their city and their communities; to help youth to become involved in the lives of others, especially those different from themselves; and to provide free home repairs for individuals and families in need.
2018 Participating Churches: Church of the Good Shepherd, Conetoe Chapel Baptist Church, Englewood United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lakeside Baptist Church, Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, West Haven Presbyterian Church. We also had individual participants from Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Englewood Baptist Church, Proctor's Chapel Baptist Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Therese Catholic Church, and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
It would be impossible for us to do this ministry each year without the support of many community partners: Daughtridge Oil & Gas/Fuel Doc & Oasis Stores (with special thanks to Southco Distributing Company, COCA-COLA Consolidated, Frito Lay, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC, and Snyder's-Lance), Don Bulluck Chevrolet, Sundrop, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Ken Lyons Plumbing, Bill Goode Photography, Chambliss and Rabil Contractors, Flora's Glass, Jim Dickens Printing, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Top Dog Waste Solutions, Pizza Inn - Hunter Hill Road, Chick-Fil-A - Cobb Corners, The Rib Crib-Spring Hope, Shearin Heating and Cooling, Subway - Westridge Shopping Center, Chew and Chat, and UTZ Snack Foods.
Special thanks to those from the Lakeside family who invested so much of themselves at our work sites throughout the week: Madi Adkins, Alaya Banks, Amani Banks, Andy Barker, Carol Barker, Carson Browder, Dianne Bulluck, Don Bulluck, Ginny Cobb, Jeremy Cobb, Reynolds Cobb, Wayne Cotton, Peyton David, Spencer Edwards, Cam Graham, Bruce Harris, Dan Herring, Beth Holden, Tyler Holden, Chandler Lamm, Louis O'Neal, Mary Frances Raper, Sara Raper, Jan Raynor, Jim Raynor, Kiley Shearon, Chuck Taylor, Marshall Ward, Jacob Watkins, and Henry Williams.
Many other people also helped to make Gatekeepers run smoothly. Thanks to our lunch coordinators, Susan Skinner and Beth Pridgen; our photographers, Sue Bulluck and Terry Martin; our refreshment coordinators, Dennis and Brenda Culpepper and Dorrie and Jim Wright; and our cookout coordinators, Angela Allen and Teresa Herring. Others who also made donations of food or supplies or volunteered their time are: Members of Circle 10, Circle M, Faith Class, Grace Bible Class, Anna Anderson, Keith Ballentine, Dick Berry, James Biggs, Anne Chappell, Brenda Cotton, Ricky Cobb, Sammie Crumley, Daniel Edwards, Mark Edwards, Leon Henderson, Bill Kincheloe, Trevor Lane, Linda Millar, Molly Pitt, Theo Pitt, Don Raper, Genie Raper, Hope Reese, John Seagroves, Carol Taylor, Norma Turnage, Rebecca Watkins, and Marion Weathers.
Thank you to the Lakeside staff for all of your extra time and effort preparing for Gatekeepers - Liz Broomell, Linda Davis, and Milton Marrow.
Thank you, also, to those who made contributions to the Workcamp Scholarship Fund. With your help, we were able to offer scholarships for ten youth to participate in Gatekeepers this year.
For more information about Gatekeepers Workcamp, to volunteer or to request assistance through our program, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Associate Minister and Gatekeepers Coordinator, or click here. If you are part of a participating congregation, please contact your church to register.
To watch the Tar Heel Traveler episode on the 25th Anniversary of Gatekeepers, visit http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/15852168/
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