In 2013, St Stephen’s established a partnership with the PATCH (Parents and their Children) program which is an outreach to children who have an incarcerated parent in Essex County. We offer a week-long summer camp where kids aged 6-12 years learn African Drumming, and other arts and crafts. Professional instruction is provided, along with support from our local community volunteers. Many local restaurants donate a wonderful dinner to the camp for the kids and volunteers.
The program has now been extended to offer regular monthly Saturday instruction, to develop skills further, and St. Stephen’s has connected with Harvest of Blessings, an outreach of the American Baptist Church to support the program. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Diocese’s ACTs/VIM fund.