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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & MESSY CHURCH 

Compassion 
Child

Compassion Child

Hello Mount Forest United Church! It has been way too long since we have been together, so we thought we would share some information on our Compassion Child,  Camilla. Due to covid our updates and letters are delayed but we feel it’s important to stay in contact.

Camilla is 8 years old and lives with her parents and three sisters in Coatepeque Guatemala. Camilla enjoys dancing, playing with her dolls, and riding her bike. Her favourite subjects in school are reading and art.  Her favourite activities at the Compassion Child Development centre are learning about God, participating in service activities, snack/ mealtime and spending time with her friends. 

Camilla’s drawing that we received June 3, 2021

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Can you locate Camilla’s community of Coatepeque on the map?

Here are some other facts about Camilla’s community.

  • The warmest month is March, and the coolest month is December. 

  • Dry climate with the average weather being 38 degrees Celsius. 

  • Primary occupations are factory work, street vending, animal herding, day labour and domestic services. 

  • Their school year begins in January.

  • Primary language is Spanish.

  • Coatepeque has a population of 55,000

Messy Church is a form of church that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It is for all ages, together, to help congregations and families grow together in their walk of faith.

Messy Church includes a welcome, creative time to explore biblical themes through getting messy, celebration time involving story, prayer, song and games followed by a sit-down meal.

It is a church for people at all stages of their faith journey. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to introduce and discover Jesus and to grow closer to him.

Messy Church is an all-age fresh expression of church that offers counter-cultural transformation of family life through families coming together to be, to make, to eat and to celebrate God.

Claire Dalpra, The Sheffield Centre

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