Canyon Lake News
The Chicktime Christmas party for the girls at New Life was a great time for all. Our fabulous DJ, Karen made it so much fun with great music, trivia, and prizes! The girls loved the gifts of red hoodies, elephant stuffed animal, fun sprinkle donut pillow, socks, lotion, and lip gloss.
Thanks to all our great supporters who donated to make this possible. We served a delicious lunch of chili cheese dogs. Thanks to our cooks who came to serve the girls! And, let’s not forget about Santa! He was so kind and the girls really loved having their picture with him. Merry Christmas everyone!
What a beautiful day for Chicktime!
The girls really enjoyed the time we spent with them during the November workshops. Sandra led minute to win it games, which kept everyone really engaged.
Carolyn organized the snack station where the girls made turkey cupcakes and then got fall trail mix. Jody showed the girls how to tie fleece pillows with fun fall themes.
Our workshops today were so fun and inspirational!
Thank you to Lora and Jarisha for sharing your stories and inspiring the girls. Thank you Lora for inviting your beautiful daughters to lead the games workshop. What fun for the girls at New Life!
We also hosted lunch for the girls, staff, and volunteers. Huge Thank You to Rick for grilling the burgers and frying the tots! It was fabulous!
We had a lot of fun at Chicktime this month! Thanks to our workshop leader Betsy for planning 3 great activities that the girls loved! The minute to win it games were a blast. The girls loved the apple treats and making the bracelets. Thank you volunteers for showing up for the girls. It was a great day!
August was all about Joy! Our joy filled volunteers spent the morning playing scripture balloon games, decorating cookies (what brings more joy than Christmas cookies in August?!) and making Joy Journals.
Thank you once again to all the volunteers who came out to love on our girls at New Life!
Special thank you to Shawna for planning this event!
July was filled with summer fun! Thanks to our workshop leaders who put together all these activities for the girls. Slip and slide volleyball was super fun! The salad spinning art was such a creative idea. Pong and crafts are always a favorite! Please join us in August for more fun activities with the girls at New Life!
This month we put the FUN in the fundamentals of living. The girls learned about money and budgeting, healthy eating, and decorated recipe boxes. Special shout out to our volunteers for being there to share their experience and guidance. Rachel, Julie, and Carol shared about budgeting. Angela and Juli mixed up some awesome smoothies and shared about healthy nutrition. And, Merrilee provided some awesome supplies and crafting expertise to the girls decorating recipe boxes. We appreciated our newest volunteer and Lori was great engaging with the girls at each station. Thank you to all our volunteers! We love that you love the girls!
April Chicktime was so fun! Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to make it a great day for the girls at New Life. Our workshop Leader Lori Davis provided all the supplies and activities!
Thanks for all the hard work putting it together! We made bunny baskets, played games and decorated decoupage eggs. It was a beautiful day!
What a blessing to be able to be physically present at Chicktime Canyon Lake this month. The girls were so happy to see more volunteers and to feel the love and fun we brought them. We had new volunteers and returning volunteers but our common goal was to bring the girls the love and companionship they so much deserve.
We made sand art butterflies,..
peanut butter and seed pinecone birdfeeders…..
and played bingo!!
Thank you Sandra for providing all the wonderful activities and thank you to everyone who was there to spread love and joy to the beautiful girls at New Life. We love them so much.
Wow! This years Christmas party with the girls at New Life was amazing!!
We got to dance and see Santa and have amazing food!! We loved being outside and having all the girls able to interact from a distance by dance competitions from their cabins!
Such a blessed day in the midst of all the hard times we’ve all see in 2020! Thank you Jesus for the wonderful volunteers, the beautiful weather all the beautiful girls at new life!
Chicktime was so much fun this month. Thanks to all our great volunteers for making it a special time for the girls at New Life.
We made turkey cupcakes, trail mix, and played fall bingo.
Carolyn shared her passion for art with gratitude paintings. They turned out really pretty and they were all unique. Looking forward to our annual Christmas Chicktime In December!
What a fun time today at Chicktime. Thanks to our great volunteers that showed up to spend time with the girls. Lori showed the girls how to make a beautiful flower arrangement~
The girls also made Birthday cards for a little girl named Tina in Virginia with special needs.
What’s a party without snacks? We made cupcake spiders and “pumpkin punch”. The girls were energetic and enthusiastic about Chicktime today!
Under The Sea August workshop was so much fun! We were allowed to have 3 volunteers join Lisa this month!
Thank you for continuing to love on these girls during this very isolating time for everyone. Shout out to Paddle Canyon Lake for partnering with Chicktime and donating the supplies for the past two months! #unstoppablelove #paddlecanyonlake
When You can’t have Chicktime workshops on site due to Covid-19..
you do the next best thing….
get supplies donated and ask for the New Life volunteer coordinator Lisa Brown, to host the workshop!!
The girls made sun catchers and paper bracelets. Thank you Liz Barger and Laura Sowell for all the prep work!
Yummy brownies courtesy of Presidian Cares and cookies thanks to master cookie maker Rick Barger!
The risk of Covid-19 continues to be an issue and therefore volunteers are not allowed on the campus of New Life Children’s Center. We continue to look for ways to serve the girls and are so grateful when we have caring volunteers who believe the mission must go on virus or no virus! We have donated crafts and snacks for a May workshop to still take place from our fearless Managing Chicktime Canyon Lake Leader, Liz… and our incredible Charity Partner Liaison from New Life, Lisa… has agreed to lead the workshop for us in our absence! It takes a Village!
Chicktime continues to heal the Nation….one workshop at a time.
Chicktime Canyon Lake sent activities to their charity partner so an April workshop could still go on!!! Their fabulous liaison/volunteer coordinator, Lisa Brown, sent this message after she facilitated the workshop with the supplies we sent…
Hey friends, my heart is bursting!! I missed each of you today 😢😢 The girls loved the activities and were very thankful. I was so busy running to the tables and playing the games and coloring I only took one photo as I was loading up this am. Thanks to all for bringing some Chicktime sunshine to the girls 💜💜💜
Our February workshops were awesome!
The girls learned about budgeting which was eye opening for some. They got an idea of how much it would cost to live on their own. We also learned about planting seeds and succulents. The girls planted them in their own container which they can keep and watch the plants grow. It was fascinating to learn how to plant and care for succulents.
And of course who doesn’t love a delicious treat. We decorated cupcakes with frosting and all kinds of sprinkles. It was such a fun and educational day! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this day so special for the girls.
It was Christmas time again at New LIfe. Thank you to all our volunteers that came to show the girls a beautiful Christmas party filled with gifts, songs, and fun.
The food was amazing, with cookies, sandwiches, and a chocolate fountain.
The band performed some holiday favorites and some Christian music for all to enjoy! It was wonderful.
And of course, here comes Santa Claus.
Each girl made a frame to keep a treasured photo with Santa.
Merry Christmas to all and a happy New Year!
November Chicktime was amazing. We had three great workshops for the girls at New Life Children’s Center. The girls made thank you cards for Operation: Military Matters. We sent the cards to that organization which will send the cards to deployed military in care packages. The snack station was another big hit with fun fall snacks.
And the activities in the gym were a lot of fun. We hope you will join us next month for our annual Christmas party for the girls.
Party fun at Chicktime Canyon Lake this month!
Brenda and Lori led an awesome station where we taught the girls how to play the really fun dominos game, Mexican Train. Each cottage was given a game to keep so they can play during their down time. So much fun!
Kelly and Danette led the Party Food station where the girls decorated mini cakes. They were so creative and delicious!
And thanks to Riki and her enthusiasm with water balloons. The girls had a blast getting soaking wet, running around and having fun.
Riki also provided an opportunity for each girl to create a positive affirmation poster. With the girls from Chi Beta Delta there to play with the girls it was a perfect day of fun and friendship! Thank you to all the volunteers that showed up to love on the girls at New Life.
August 10th we had a great Chicktime workshop led by Lora Williams. The three stations she developed provided a day of insight, reflection and a little sweetness.
Lora presented us with an opportunity to reflect on broken relationships and good relationships and the impact they have on us. Her story is compelling and the girls can relate to her. Thank you Lora for the inspiration! Diane hosted a station where we discussed dating and the difference between a good relationship and a bad one. It’s important for girls to realize if there is abuse in a relationship and put an end to it.
For a sweet treat Lora and Diane’s daughters led the station where we decorated cup cakes to look like an octopus. Very clever and tasty. Thanks to all our volunteers for sharing your love and friendship with the girls at New Life.
July’s Chicktime workshop was called Summer Fun and it was fun!!!
Shawna led the Water Fun and the girls had a blast getting sprayed with the water hose and running relay races.
Corrina led Mini Edible Arrangements. The girls really loved cutting the fruit with cookie cutters and making beautiful arrangements that they could eat later.
Lindsay led the Bracelet Making station. The girls were very creative with the colors they chose and the bracelets were beautiful.
We had a great turnout of volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the day with the New Life girls.
Chicktime in June held a variety of activities that sparked the girls interest. Cora talked to the girls about creating a message that they would someday share with girls their age and showed them the joy of public speaking. Many of the girls shared beautiful testimony about their time at New Life and how it has impacted their lives.
Lori and Gracie showed the girls how to make their own ice cream and the science of how ice,salt and friction can turn cream and sugar into a delicious ice cold treat. Sandra shared more science with the girls by making bubbles from dry ice and soap. They really liked making their own slime from glue, water and a borax solution. Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to spend precious time with the wonderful girls at New Life.
Even though the staff does a phenomenal job facilitating healing, sometimes the loneliness of missing their families is hard for the New Life Girl’s as they recover from abuse and neglect. Especially during holidays. What a blessing it was to be with them Mother’s Day Weekend and share the opportunity to let go of their emotions through art, yoga, preparing meals for the food bank, and making a little something for themselves to keep. Thank you to all of the passionate women who came out and shared their love and talents with the girls. It made a difference. If you would like to impact the next generation please save the date for our June Chicktime event and plan to attend!
April Chicktime was awesome! We had a wonderful turnout of volunteers.Corinna brought her daughter and their volleyball club which was so inspiring to see young girls serving the community.
Sandra led the egg decoupage and crafts station, always a favorite.
Phyllis led prayer boxes and butterflies.
Betty and Sonja led snacks and bingo. The girls love bingo.
Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up and showed love to the beautiful girls at New Life.
A day for the Arts was our theme this month at Canyon Lake. Linda led an excellent and fast paced workshop with water color painting and drawing, but more importantly, she talked to the girls about virtues .She shared with the girls how to call upon their higher virtues.
Sandra brought out more creativity with the girls paper flower wreaths made with beautiful spring colors.
Kelli energized the girls with Zumba! Thanks to our great volunteers for showing up to participate.
The workshops in February were so much fun! Thanks to Mindy, Michele and Liz for leading the stations this month. Mindy served nachos and called out bingo for the girls.
Michele led the workshop to make mardi gras masks and photo frames.
Liz took pictures of each girl in the photo booth. Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to play with the girls at New Life Children’s Home. Please join us again next month on March 9th!
Chicktime in January was such fun! The girls and volunteers all helped Lisa Brown, our awesome Director of Volunteers celebrate her Birthday! We had a beautiful cake, presents and lots of fun activities for the girls.
Carol lead the workshop for sewing pillow cases. The girls created bright and cheery pillow cases that they could keep.
Sandra led the girls in a fun game of unwrapping a package with oven mitts and snowman crafts. In the Life Skills building we played games and shared Lisa’s birthday cake.
It’s Christmas time at New Life and Chicktime is throwing a party! Thanks to our fabulous volunteers that met in the gym to coordinate a special Christmas event. As the girls started to arrive we had fun ice breaker activities so we could all get to know one another. Then praise and worship raised the roof of the gym with the praise band leading us in songs of the season. Delicious holiday goodies were enjoyed by all; flowing chocolate fountain, homemade candies, cookies, sandwiches, and punch. Then, the exciting visit from Santa Clause! The girls love to have a photo made with Santa! But best of all, each girl received a special gift to keep. The gift consisted of a colorful gym bag filled with bath and body lotion, snuggly socks, a cuddly teddy bear, a Chicktime sweatshirt and lip gloss. Blessings for a wonderful New Year and hope you will join us for our January event.
A day of Thankfulness at New Life was our theme this month with many fun and thoughtful activities. Nancy led the snack workshop where the girls decorated their own treats to enjoy. There were cute turkey cookies and adorable turkey cupcakes. The craft station was led by Michelle where the girls made Thanksgiving wreaths with beautiful fall leaves and other decorations. The wreaths really showcased the awesome creativity of these wonderful girls. For a fun twist we threw in some teamwork activities. Liv and Kaitlyn led the girls in some teamwork fun with puzzles, word scramble and word search. The girls had to work together in teams and really did a great job. Thanks to all our generous volunteers who continue to share their time with the beautiful girls at New Life. Chicktime wishes everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.
ACTS Church Lakeway put together some great workshops for the girls this month. Each girl crafted her own warm and cozy blanket. It was a favorite activity and they loved that they got to keep this snuggly blanket for themselves. What a treat! Thank you Jody for leading the station. Lisa led the fun snack station where the girls made pudding pumpkin patches and trail mix. They also made little oranges into halloween pumpkins. Carolyn taught us all about creativity with this beautiful craft which had an inspirational message. Thanks to all of our volunteers for sharing your time and talent with the girls at New Life. You truly make a difference in the lives of these precious girls.
Loving Me and God’s Love was the theme this month. Lora Williams put together a team of workshop leaders that shared their own personal experience to show the young girls at New Life hope for the future. Lora led the Loving Me station where she about growing up in a culture of drugs and abuse and how she was saved to become the person she is today. She explained that the past and what happened in it does not define who you choose to be. The session had lots of laughter and tears. Diane talked to the girls about Loving Me Through Relationships. This was valuable and thought provoking information for all of us. Finally, Jarisha shared The Depth of God’s Love. Her story is one to which so many of the girls and volunteers can relate. Thank you to our excellent leaders and volunteers for making it a positive and hopeful Chicktime experience for the girls.
It’s back to school time! What a great bunch of volunteers to come out and spend time with the girls getting them all geared up for school! Lori and Katy led the activities this month. We had a fun station making slap bracelets, and really cute book marks. Lot’s of stamping supplies were provided to make the activity very creative. In Chapel a nice relaxing Yoga session was going on with lots of participation. What a great way to chill out before the busy school year starts. In the gym we had an expert teach us about creative ways to journal. The girls were taught that journaling can be a great way to express your feelings, thoughts and ideas. Thanks to all our volunteers for the great activities and participation.
Corrina Green engaged the girls this month with her love of party planning. Our station leaders were busy showing the girls a variety of party planning tactics. Corrina and team of Payton, Emma and Kate showed us how to decorate cupcakes and use fondant. Icing cupcakes is always a great activity for the girls and who doesn’t love cake at a party! Cheryl along with Katy and Dorothy provided all the ingredients for a party snack bag along with making bookmarks. Stephanie, Megan and Leanna played party games and painted nails. The girls really enjoyed these party planning activities on such a hot summer day. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to help.
What a great experience this month at Chicktime. We had three fun and fabulous activities. Thank you Cora for leading the workshop called My Amazing Self. Here we set the stage for each girl to picture herself as a successful grown woman and what would she say to the girls at New Life when she came back to bring her message. Each girl crafted her message and walked up on stage to deliver a powerful statement that engaged everyone in the room. We mixed in a little creativity with Mindy’s butterfly box station. The girls really enjoyed decorating butterfly shaped boxes with glitter, pom poms and other crafty accessories. Finally, always a favorite is make your own ice cream and decorating cookies led by Carolyn. The ice cream always turns out delicious when you make it from scratch. We decorated butterfly cookies with blue berries and strawberries. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who came to spend the day with the girls at New Life.
Thanks to Beth Ann for leading a wonderful day of spiritual growth and thought provoking activities for the girls at New Life. One of our volunteers was touched by the girls who prayed with Valerie at the testimonial station. What a wonderful experience to see our New Life girls restored by God’s nurturing love. Thanks to the over 25 volunteers who came to spend this special day with these special girls.
It’s Luau time at New Life! Thanks to the sweet ladies from Mount Olive Lutheran Church led by Sandra Hatchett we had a fun filled day of Hawaiian themed activities. Sandra led the game station in the gym. We had an exciting round of limbo that the girls loved. All kinds of games were spread around the gym for the girls to play and tossing the huge beach balls was a favorite activity. Phyllis led the Island craft station. The girls made beautiful hibiscus flowers, Tiki masks and fish sand art. Melissa led the Tiki snack station. Delicious brownies were decorated like Tiki masks, gummies were used to make octopus snacks and also we decorated rice crispy treats. Thanks ladies for a great day of fun with the precious girls at New Life Children’s Center.
It was carnival time at New Life in March thanks to our workshop leader Merrilee. It was also the national day of volunteering and we had the best turn out ever! 61 volunteers were there to play with the girls at New Life. The Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority showed up in full force representing 4 area Universities: University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M at San Antonio, Texas Lutheran and Texas State. Thank you to these wonderful ladies for serving the community. We had so many great activities at the carnival game station. There was Giant Jenga, Pig Races, all kinds of tossing games, and nachos. In the life skills station we made “stained glass” butterflies and snack mixes. The girls love to do for others so in the chapel we made thank you cards for all the volunteers that serve New Life throughout the year. Thank you to all the volunteers that made the day so special for the girls.
Special thanks to our fabulous leaders, Sandra, Carolyn, Lori, Nancy and Merrilee for leading the workshops this month. You are so greatly appreciated! The girls love to give back to the community and this month they put together rice and bean packs for those in need in South Texas. Your precious hands are feeding those who might go hungry otherwise. Our theme Daughters of the King showed us that as girls and women we are crowned in His glory. Best of all it was our Founder, Lori’s Birthday celebration. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful and delicious cake. Thank you to all our great volunteers who showed up to make the day so special.
Carol Biesemeier and her band of volunteers provided a great experience for the girls at New Life. They really enjoyed learning how to sew by making their very own pillow cases, There were beautiful fabric combinations with bright and bold prints, something for anyone’s taste. Many of the girls have never even seen a sewing machine and watching them learn to use one was a pure joy. Mr. Jay is always a big hit with the girls, playing the guitar and singing really fun songs. Such great entertainment! Carolyn led the snack and game station where we also celebrated our Director of Volunteers, Lisa Brown’s birthday with delicious cake pops. What a treat!
Santa Clause is coming to town at the New Life Children’s Center! Thank you to all the volunteers that met in the gym to coordinate a special Christmas event for the deserving girls at New Life. As the girls started to arrive we had fun ice breaker activities so we could all get to know one another. Then praise and worship raised the roof of the gym with the praise band leading us in songs of the season. Delicious holiday goodies were enjoyed by all; flowing chocolate fountain, homemade candies, cookies, sandwiches, and punch. Then, the exciting visit from Santa Clause! Each girl received an individual photo with Santa to keep and save in her own Christmas frame that she made herself. Best of all, each girl received a gift to keep. The gift consisted of a colorful gym bag filled with bath and body lotion, snuggly socks, a cuddly teddy bear, a Chicktime sweatshirt and lip gloss. Blessings for a wonderful New Year and hope you will join us for our January event.
We had a wonderful time in November with lots of great activities. Thank you to Janie and Nancy for the snack and craft stations. The girls really enjoyed the coloring and the candy, of course. Elena and Maria led us in the gym where we had all kinds of fun dancing. The girls even did the Chicken Dance. Rose and her daughter did a great job engaging the girls in rock painting. Rose will be hiding the rocks all around Canyon Lake and the surrounding area to promote Chicktime and New Life. Thanks to all our volunteers who showed up to spend time with the deserving girls at New Life.
What a fun fall event courtesy of Nancy Torres who led this month’s activities. In the gym, Sandra led the games. One of the favorites was the Oreo cookie game. Put an Oreo on your forehead and try to get it into your mouth without touching it. Also, some volleyball was enjoyed. Michelle led the girls in crafts where they created beautiful masquerade masks. Always a favorite is snacks. Nancy led the girls in a variety of creative snack crafts, creating spiders and ghosts and other interesting creatures. Join us next month for another fun fall event.
Fit for life was the theme this month. Lora Williams put together a team of workshop leaders that shared their own personal experience to show the young girls at New Life hope for the future. Lora led the Holistically Fit station where she and her sister talked about growing up in a culture of drugs and abuse and what they are doing today. They explained that the past and what happened in it does not define who you choose to be. The session had lots of laughter and tears. Diane talked to the girls about how to Identify Unhealthy Relationships. This was valuable and thought provoking information for all of us. Finally, Jarisha shared God’s Love for You. Here story is one to which so many of the girls and volunteers can relate. Thank you to our excellent leaders and volunteers for making it a positive and hopeful Chicktime experience for the girls.
Thank you Dona for bringing your friends to lead the activities for August. Without you we would not have had these great activities to engage the girls at New LIfe. The girls deserve this great day of pampering. Dona lead the manicure station where the girls soaked their hands and polished their nails in an array of beautiful colors. Donna led a great program of self care for the girls, then they developed their own self care plan featuring your mind, body, friends & family, spirit, and hobbies & fun. Stephanie and Jackie showed the girls how to take care of their skin with an educational program about facials. Dona, Donna, Stephanie and Jackie, thank you for being here for the girls and being a part of Chicktime!
Special thanks to our long time volunteers who came to play with the girls at New Life Children’s Center. The girls loved Sandra’s bubble station! What a great idea for some outdoor fun. Sandra also created paint spinning art with of all things a salad spinner. Some beautiful designs were developed with this interesting technique. What kid doesn’t love to play with slime! Carol and her helpers Julie and Katy showed the girls how to make their own glittery slime along with elephant toothpaste. Always a treat is making your own ice cream. The reaction of salt, ice and friction created a creamy delicious vanilla ice cream that the girls enjoyed with some homemade sugar cookies. Please join us in August as we pamper the girls that live at New Life.
Merrilee Berger brought The Prom to New Life this month. It was so beautiful and so special. She transformed the gym into an elegant setting for enjoying a delicious lunch from Gennaro’s Trattoria and fabulous desserts provided by all the volunteers. Over a hundred dresses were donated so the girls could select one that suited her taste and complimented her figure. Volunteers helped the girls with hair, make-up and nails. The girls were pampered and adorned with beautiful dresses and flowers. Our New Life girls are so beautiful to us on any given day, it was a delight to give them this experience to dress up and feel extra special. After getting all fancied up, the girls spent some time making paper wrist corsages and picture frames to be used for their “Prom” picture. The luncheon of Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, salad and Gennaro’s famous garlic knots was delicious. All the beautiful desserts were nicely displayed by long time volunteers Katy Barger and Tara Johnson who also helped with serving. It was a momentous occasion with over 40 volunteers showing up to help. Thank you to all the volunteers. During our meeting before we got started with all the activities, we had a special announcement. Our Junior Leader, Kerrilee Berger is heading off to the Airforce Acadamy. We were able to celebrate Kerrilee with a breakfast and special gift. We will miss her and wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life. Thank you Merrilee for this wonderful experience and all the hard work you did to make it a reality.
April was filled with Easter goodness. Phyllis led the adorable snack station with “bunny butts” made with a donut hole and carrots in the ground made from cupcakes and candies. What delicious treats. Sandra led the egg craft, and cross and bunny clay crafts. The decoupage eggs made with fabric were beautiful and the girls always love to make crafts with clay. In the Chapel Patricia and Carol led us in making really cute bunnies out of tube socks, what a clever idea. We also colored butterfly decorations. It was a special day with great volunteers from Texas State and the military sorority Kappa Epsilon Psi. We are really looking forward to next month’s Prom. We hope you will join us!
Our beloved Anna hosted March Chicktime at the New Life Children’s Center. The theme was Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! It was a fun day filled with crafts, games and goodies! Anna led Dr. Seuss bingo in the chapel. She had spent the week before building all the bingo cards. It was funny when we played “blackout”, and everyone screamed “BINGO!” at the same time! So much fun! Sandra led card making and letters to the military in the gym. The girls love to give to others and writing the letters to those serving our country left a great impression on each one who wrote a letter. Karen led cookie decorating in the LIfe Skills building. Sticking with the Dr. Seuss theme we decorated Hat shapes from The Cat in the Hat and airplane shapes with yummy frosting and sprinkles. Delicious! Anna will be leaving us now moving away from the area to face new adventures. We celebrated her last Canyon Lake Chicktime with flowers and a gift of the Oh, The Places You’ll Go! book signed by all of us. We will miss you Anna!
We had an awesome turnout of volunteers this month. Thanks to the girls from Texas State that came to play with the girls this month as well as all our other great volunteers. We did a lot of really fun activities. Renee led us in painting the girls nails. Always a favorite, the girls love to be pampered. Kym led us in flower arranging, something we haven’t done before. The flowers were so beautiful and colorful. We learned about the history of the carnation. Carmen and Lisa led the station for cookie decorating. They were so delicious, and we also had a fun game of heads up! Sharing in the girls laughter brought us such joy.
Happy Anniversary Chicktime!
Our founder, Lori Rhodes, started Chicktime ten years ago in January. This month was very special with lots of volunteers, cake, cupcakes, and a special presentation by Lisa Brown. Special guest Dan from Upbring joined us with his daughter as did the New Life Executive Director, Jacob with his children. Thank you to all our volunteers who made the day so wonderful. Carol put together a lot of great activities for the girls of New Life. We started in the Gym making pillowcases. This is a great activity that the girls love. Marlene and friends unpacked their sewing machines and beautiful fabric and showed the girls how to sew. Many of the girls reminisced about sewing with their grandma or aunt. It was touching to hear their memories. In the Chapel, Jay played the guitar and ukulele for the girls. They really got into the music, dancing and singing. Thanks Jay for being a positive and uplifting man in the lives of the girls. The Life Skills building had many activities: napkin folding, card making, lots of cake, cupcakes, and fruit. It was a great day and a great celebration of this wonderful organization that serves girls at places like New LIfe all across the country. Thank you Lori for your vision and leadership.
Santa Clause is coming to town at the New Life Children’s Center! Thank you to all the volunteers that met in the gym to coordinate a special Christmas event for the deserving girls at New Life. As the girls started to arrive we had fun ice breaker activities so we could all get to know one another. Then praise and worship raised the roof of the gym with Kristy and the praise band leading us in songs of the season. Delicious holiday goodies were enjoyed by all; flowing chocolate fountain, homemade candies, cookies, sandwiches, and punch. Then, the exciting visit from Santa Clause! Each girl received an individual photo with Santa to keep and save in her own Christmas frame that she made herself. Best of all, each girl received a gift to keep. The gift consisted of a colorful gym bag filled with bath and body lotion, snuggly socks, a cuddly teddy bear, a watch, candy, a Chicktime sweatshirt and a book written by Lori Rhodes entitled Prayers Over Our Children. Blessings for a wonderful New Year and hope you will join us for our January event.
Sandra and friends planned a great day for us this month. It was full of crafts and delicious crafty snacks. In honor of the coming Thanksgiving holiday we made really cute turkeys in a variety of media: coloring, sand art, stickers and more. Another creative station featured the arrival of fall with modeling clay, paint, and special papers in which we made beautiful leaves. The snack station was a big hit with amazing ideas of how to make fall designs from candy and cookies. Each girl put her own spin on the turkeys, acorns and pilgrim hats we made from pretzels, Hersey kisses, donut holes, and other kinds of candy. To sum it up, we had a very engaging and fun filled day. Thank you to all our volunteers who came to spend time and show the girls of New Life some much needed love. For more great photos of our event visit the Photo Gallery.
Merrilee and Kerrilee planned a great fall day for the girls. It started with fun carnival games led by the wonderful ladies of Chi Beta Delta from Texas State University. We had bowling, bean bag toss, and pumpkin toss just to name a few. The girls had so much fun interacting with these great college students. Anna and Phyllis led us in crafts which included a lively game of bingo. Merrilee made delicious funnel cakes for all to enjoy. While we devoured this fabulous treat, we made leaf art and monsters out of coffee filters. We all love the creative craft ideas brought to us by our Chicktime leaders. Thank you all chicks for showing up to play with the beautiful girls of New Life.
Thank you to Melissa for bringing together the excellent leaders for this month. The theme and activities were so engaging and fun. Melissa led the Snack and Finger Puppet station in our LIfe Skills building. The girls had a great time coloring the finger puppets and making Hands of Prayer. Zumba is always a blast led by Kelly. We really got up and moved our hips! It was a nice day to be outside, so at the picnic tables, Sandra led a Pennant Craft as well as some fun games. I think we all enjoyed playing with the girls and getting to know them through these great activities. Thanks again to all the leaders and volunteers who came out to make it a special day for the girls at New Life.
Renewed for a purpose presented by Lora Williams was a day of discovery. Lora, Shanetra, and Terry led the stations where we had fun playing together and listening to beautiful stories of growth, rising from despair and abandonment. Shanetra started with a fun time learning how our favorite flavor of ice cream relates to our personality. She then shared her story of growing up with abuse and abandonment and how she overcame these difficulties to lead a happy and successful life. Lora talked to us about her struggles and how she was led to make a change in her life for the better. Both of these dynamic ladies gave the girls of New Life hope for the future and a reason to work hard and overcome their strife. Finally, we had an exciting time at the snack station playing Heads Up. What a fun game, the girls loved it.
Sonja Coburn led Chicktime this month with inspirational presentations and activities. The “Balcony People” was presented by Priscilla Patterson. This inspired us to bring people into our lives that lift us up and support us. We also enjoyed Song of Praise sing-a-long and praise dance, lifting us up to move forward with joy and happiness. The craft station was also uplifting, the girls made butterfly booklets, beautifully decorated with colorful paper. We also made paper chains with our favorite scriptures. Always a favorite is the snack station. The girls decorated cookies and cupcakes with candy to form cute bugs and butterflies.
To make this event extra special, we were joined by all of our chapter leaders throughout the nation who were attending as part of the national leadership conference. The activities and participation were excellent examples of leading a successful event. Thank you Sonja for putting together such a well organized and inspirational event.
See our photos page for more great pictures of our event.
It’s carnival day! We’ve waited all year to bring the carnival to the New Life girls. Our dedicated volunteers manned the stations and had a great time playing with the girls. Especially popular was the Aquablaster! Hit the target and your victim is sprayed with a shower of water. Great fun on a hot day! The snacks were also a big success. Thanks to Nancy for leading the snack station. Volunteers made popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and distributed pickles. And, who doesn’t love to try their skills with great carnival games. Ice Cream Madness was a crowd favorite, there was also Tic Tac Toe, Plinko and Ring Toss. A special shout out to Merrilee for putting together some outstanding relay races. We had balancing golf balls on a plate relay, jelly beans in a jar relay, balance a ball on a plunger relay, and much much more. What creative ideas to get the girls participating in friendly competition. First time volunteer Elaine provided beautiful face painting that was quite popular with the girls. To top off the carnival, we finished with a chili dog luncheon provided by Rick Barger. Everyone was so appreciative of the homemade chili, hot dogs and chips. Can’t wait for next year!
A big thank you to Anna Scott for putting together a fun day for all of us. She created 4 really engaging stations that the girls enjoyed. Nicole Kelly along with Anna ran the Lotion/Lip Gloss Station. The girls loved the smell of the lotion but couldn’t quite agree on what it smelled like. I say coconut. They decorated the lip gloss and lotion containers with stickers and glitter tape. In the Chapel Andrea Bolognini taught us how to make origami swans. They were very pretty and not too difficult to make. Our hosts in the Gym, Kim and McKenna Wheeler, showed us how to make stretchy beaded bracelets. Always a favorite for the New Life girls. Finally we enjoyed delicious sugar cookies made by Karen Bloomquist who was the leader for the snack station. She made the cookies in the shape of a hand which perfectly matched the theme for the day. The girls had numerous choices of sweet goodness with which to decorate their cookies. It was a beautiful day at New Life!
Thank you Tara Johnson for this great recap of April’s Chicktime activities.
I had the nicest time at Chicktime April. The girls that attended were so enthusiastic. I traveled with one group of five. I got to visit with each of them. There were four activities planned. Our first station was in the chapel where a retired music teacher and his wife led us in songs and dances. We played rhythm instruments, sang and even requested songs that the maestro could play on his ukulele or guitar. In the gym, we made blue jean pocket journals, decorated with trim, jewels, and buttons. Each design was as unique as the designer. In the cottage, we decorated cupcakes, ate them, and worked a word search puzzle. In the cafe, we got to color with map pencils on an adult coloring page. The morning was a blessing to me. And I love it when the girls wave thank you and goodbye.
Bonny Allen Ibarra shared her testimony with the girls and volunteers this month at Chicktime. Her program consisted of a presentation, music and a craft pertaining to her book, The Paper Doll Princess. We decorated paper dolls showing negative aspects and positive aspects of ourselves. We kept the positive paper doll and symbolically gave the negative doll to God. It was a great experience and we all learned a lot about ourselves.
New Year New You was the Chicktime theme in January. Merrilee and Kerrilee Berger planned an excellent day of activities that the New Life Girls and volunteers really enjoyed. Casey and Kelly led us in learning a dance choreographed and led by girls from the Smithson Valley High School dance team. Lot’s of energy and fun! Jenny Peterson lead the snack station where we made treats and made paper ballerina snowflake dolls. The Chicktime calendar was really popular led by Jessica Haynes. The girls really enjoyed the inspirational T-shirts led by Leslie West, with markers and rubbing alcohol we created designs with a tie die effect. To top off this special day, we celebrated Lisa Brown’s birthday with beautifully decorated cupcakes.
All was merry and bright at New Life on December 12th for the annual Christmas Party. So many organizations showed up to help out and spend time with the girls. Praise and worship raised the roof of the gym with a fabulous praise band leading us in songs of the season. Delicious holiday goodies were enjoyed by all; flowing chocolate fountain, homemade candies, cookies, sandwiches, and punch. Then, the exciting visit from Santa Clause! Each girl received an individual photo with Santa to keep and save in their own Christmas frame that they made themselves. Other fun activities served as ice breakers; each of us wrote 3 words on our nametag and people had to guess what animal your words described. Always fun and inspirational is the paper taped to your back where people wrote positive comments about you. Best of all, each girl received a gift to keep. The gift consisted of a colorful gym bag filled with bath and body lotions, snuggly socks, a teddy bear, and a Chicktime sweatshirt. We had a very special volunteer this year, a former new life resident came to volunteer! It was a joy to see her grown and spreading her love for these girls. Lori, Carolyn, Sandra and Liz want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who came to enjoy our Christmas celebration with the girls at New Life. Blessings for a wonderful New Year and hope you will join us for our January event.
This month we rejoiced in Fall with some great Fall activities and crafts.Sandra planned a jammed packed fun filled day exploding with creativity.
The snack station was a huge success where we made acorns and turkeys out of really delicious candies and snacks. In the Chapel Carolyn led us in artistic leaf crafts with modeling clay, paint and paper leaves. The Gym was filled with activities, we swept pumpkins across the floor for a relay race, tossed hula hoops at plastic pumpkins, and tried to create a construction paper turkey without looking. Finally, in the cafeteria we made colorful turkeys and fall decorations out of colored sand.
Thanks to Sandra, Carolyn, Phyllis, and Melissa for leading each station and bringing lots of love to the girls at New Life.
October was such an insightful event for the girls and volunteers. The event was centered around a presentation by Susie Davis, author of Unafraid. She really connected with the girls during her presentation about overcoming fear. It was so touching to see her talking with some of the girls on a one-on-one basis. I know in my heart that what they discussed will impact each girl in a positive way for the rest of her life. Thank you Susie, for being there to touch these girls in such a wonderful way.
Carolyn and Sandra did such a great job tying it all together with the Praise band and the activity. The praise band was so inspiring and the songs touched our hearts. The girls sang and worshipped. The faithfulness of Jesus could be felt with the loving environment that we experienced. The craft was so special, telling each of us that we are created by God and here for a purpose. I know that this is a Chicktime that will be etched in our memories that we can carry with us to make an impact in the world by all of us, Volunteers and New Life Girls alike.
Patricia Goodwill was our September leader and what a fabulous day she had planned for us. In the Chapel, Jennifer and her lovely daughter lead us in a sing-a-long and dancing. There was so much great energy as she led us in upbeat Christian music. As one volunteer shared, this was the most fun she had all week.
Marlene and Carol showed us how to make bags from cut up jeans. Some of the girls had never sewn before and really did a great job sewing the bags and decorating them with embellishments.
In the Life Skills building, Darlene talked to the girls about Jesus and maintaining a positive outlook as we navigate through the challenges in our daily lives. We put together puzzles with key words that show strength and affirmations. We also enjoyed making our own snack mix with lots of fruits, cereals, and other delicious items.
Tana and her talented daughter Lucy shared their talent for loom bracelet making with all of us. The girls enjoyed all the bright colors and were quite skilled at making a variety of beautiful stretch bracelets.
Special thanks to our new volunteers from the Texas State University chapter of Chi Beta Delta. They did a great job assisting the leaders and also engaging with the girls at New Life.
It was carnival time at New Life! Thanks to our leader Katy Barger for organizing this outstanding event. The New Life girls and the volunteers had a fabulous experience enjoying all the fun the carnival had to offer.
Especially popular was the “dunking booth”. Hit the target and your victim is sprayed with a shower of water. Great fun on a hot day! The snacks were also a big success. Thanks to all the volunteers for making popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and distributing pickles. And, who doesn’t love to try their skills with great carnival games. Plinko was a crowd favorite with ring-a-bottle coming up a close second. A special shout out to Marilee and Karalee for putting together some outstanding relay races. We had balancing golf balls on a plate relay, carry the tomb relay, balance a ball on a plunger relay, and more. What creative ideas to get the girls participating in friendly competition.
To top off the carnival, we finished with a chili dog luncheon provided by Rick Barger. Everyone was so appreciative of the homemade chili, hot dogs and chips. All in all it was a fun filled event with a lot of positive feedback.
In honor of July 4th, celebrating America was our focus with Patriot Games. Sonja Coburn and her team of volunteers put together some great games for friendly competition with awards. Ruth led the water balloon relay and the girls really love water balloons. Nancy and her family ran the duck races. This was a big hit with the girls as they selected their own duck and with a straw blew the ducks across the pool to see who would win. Rosamaria was in charge of the water balloon bucket toss. This was a wet and wild game where the girls tossed water soaked balls into the buckets to earn points. Ring Toss led by Luquita and her mother was a lot of fun and very challenging. The girls tried hard to master this skill with a lot of practice. It was a beautiful day at New Life with blossoming trees, great weather and tons of snacks. Thanks to Sonja and team for the great activities.
These girls had game during our June Chicktime. Volleyball, Soccer, and Zumba were the great activities we enjoyed with the girls and volunteers. Special thanks to Sandra Hatchett for organizing all the station leaders. Kelly Vizzone had everyone up and dancing with her awesome dance moves as we learned about Zumba. David and Phyllis Woods put us through a quick volleyball training and using the new techniques we learned we were able to start up a competitive game. Anna Braun a new volunteer lead the girls in soccer. She showed us some great soccer techniques and we played some really fun relay games. Something the girls always enjoy is a good craft. Keeping in theme with our day of sports, we decorated sports water bottles with our own unique touches.
Thank you Lora Williams for organizing this month’s Chicktime activities. Our first leader talked about God’s love and how he gives us gifts to use. We learned how to ask God to put it in our heart and were led as we prayed together in a circle. Station two taught us how to be encouraging and loving to ourselves. We put scrapbook words on a paper brick and then decorated cupcakes with a word of encouragement. Our next station consisted of chalkboard paper with a reflective mirror where we wrote the things we see in ourselves and then looked at our reflection in the mirror. Finally, Lora shared her childhood story and talked on forgiveness and how to forgive. We shared our thoughts on the kind of love we each look for by placing our words on post-it notes on poster board hearts. All these activities brought home one of our constant messages: “I am enough”. Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to make it a full-filling day for the girls at New Life.
April was filled with exciting science experiments and the girls were very engaged. Thanks to our first time volunteers, Linda Roche and Laurie Belknap for leading the ice cream station and the “silly putty” experiment. It was messy but fun! Katy Barger led the DNA experiment where the girls extracted gooey DNA from a strawberry. The elephant toothpaste and dry ice bubbles were a big hit as Liz Barger explained the science behind the explosion of foam and bubbles. The day was educational but mostly fun! Thank you to all the volunteers that participated with our beautiful and precious girls at New Life.
It was an early Easter celebration for the girls at New Life and what a beautiful day to rejoice and show our love for the girls. Thanks to our leaders for planning such fun and unique activities. Carolyn really showed off her creativity with adorable lambs and crosses cupcake decorating. Showing both the whimsical and spiritual side of Easter. Sandra shared her joy of paper crafting with beautiful pastels with watercolor effect crosses and sun catcher eggs made with contact paper. Thanks to Jody and Fran for the environmental activity planting succulents in wine corks. Finally, the ever popular photo booth, with adorable signs and props. The girls really showed their personality posing for these great photos that they were able to keep and place in their very own photo frame. A beautiful day with our beautiful girls and fabulous volunteers.
Thanks to the lovely ladies of the Berean Bible Fellowship for leading February’s Chicktime activities at New Life. The girls really enjoyed the engaging activities these first time leaders brought to us.
Always popular with the girls are manicures. Led by Jessica Winsor the girls enjoyed Mary Kay scrubs and lotions and then had their nails painted in an array of colors and stencils by our volunteers.
Ruth Hiner led a unique activity called Speed Affirmations. From our word banks we “filled our hearts” with positive words about each other bringing a feeling of caring and love to each of us.
Another positive activity we enjoyed was Praise Dance led by Tasha Hunt. Moving to the beat of praise music we let our inner expressions show as we danced together in the gym.
Finally, snack time! With a valentine theme we decorated huge marshmallows and heart shaped rice crispy treats with pink and red sprinkles, pretty and delicious. Big thanks to Sonja Coburn for leading this station and organizing leaders for all of the other stations.
It was a cold day, but freezing weather and rain will not keep Chicktime from the girls at New Life. A small group of volunteers braved the terrible weather conditions and made it safely to New Life with enough supplies pulled together for 4 stations of activities. Lori, brought karaoke, board games and scrapbook supplies which we combined with Liz’s card making supplies for a card making station. Liz created a photo booth with last years props, recycling at it’s best. Katy and a new volunteer ran the snack station, where the girls made their own popcorn balls and snowmen out of huge marshmallows. Laura and her sister engaged the girls with karaoke. Best of all, celebrating Lisa Brown’s birthday with a beautiful cake Lori brought. The girls expressed their thankfulness in having us there. It was a great day!
We had a Merry Little Christmas at New Life on December 13th. So many volunteers joined us at the Canyon Lake Chapter to bring the spirit of giving and Christ to the 80 girls residing at the New Life Children’s Center.
Praise and worship raised the roof of the gym with a fabulous praise band leading us in songs of the season. Delicious holiday goodies were enjoyed by all; flowing chocolate fountain, homemade candies, cookies, sandwiches, punch, and hot chocolate. Then, the exciting visit from Santa Clause! Each girl received an individual photo with Santa to keep and save in their own Christmas frame that they made themselves. Other fun activities served as ice breakers; each of us wrote 3 words on our name tag and people had to guess what animal your words described. Always fun and inspirational is the paper taped to your back where people wrote positive comments about you. Best of all, each girl received a gift to keep. The gift consisted of a colorful gym bag filled with body lotions, snuggly socks, and a Chicktime sweatshirt.
Lori, Carolyn, Sandra, Liz, and Lisa want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who came to enjoy our Christmas celebration with the girls at New Life. Blessings for a wonderful New Year and hope you will join us for our January event.
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November Chicktime was filled with great activities and the girls truly rose to the occasion enjoying a vast array of experiences.
Carol Biesemeier was kind enough to organize this month’s stations. She led the pillowcase making station, which include a number of her friends with their sewing machines and beautiful fabric choices. Thanks to Julie, Nancy, Jody, Janice, Mary and Connie for assisting the girls.
Patricia Goodwill led the card making and cookie decorating station. The cards were beautiful and the cookies were delicious.
Jennifer Goodwill led the blessing books station, which was a favorite of the girls, decorating books where they can write down what they are thankful for each day. They especially enjoyed the beautiful and colorful sugar cookies. Yum!
Connie Ferrin led us in dance lessons and sign language set to music, moving to the music of Shake it up and some Christian favorites. We were all free spirits at the dance station, sharing our self- expression with each other.
Thank you all for sharing what you love to do with us.See more photos on the Photo Gallery.
It was a very crafty day at the October Chicktime event. Carolyn started us off by showing us how to make beautiful prayer boxes and fill them with our special prayers for friends, family, and the New Life staff. Each girl kept her prayer box and will have a daily reminder to pray for others and keep God close in mind and spirit.
Next it’s off to decorate our journal books. Sandra had lots of beautiful paper, stickers, and decorations for us to adorn our journals and make them special. Journaling is an important activity for the girls and it’s great to have a uniquely decorated journal for jotting down our thoughts and feelings.
Now time for a snack! Nancy engaged us with delicious Halloween treats. First, a yummy spider we made from a chocolate mini donut, pretzels and M&Ms, which sat upon our spider web, made of pretzels and white chocolate. Then, a healthy witches broom from string cheese and pretzels.
Finally, we created something special for the men and women of our armed forces who have returned home to recover from injuries. We made patriotic greeting cards filled with notes of encouragement and thanks to be delivered to the Wounded Warriors at Brooks Army Medical Center.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who came out to play with the girls today, and we welcome our first time volunteers from the Berean Bible Fellowship Women’s Group. Thank you leaders: Carolyn Boden, Sandra Hatchett, Nancy Torres, and Liz Barger for creating such engaging stations.
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*If you did not receive the invitation/date change to our June event in your inbox, please update your contact information by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button at the bottom of every web page, select TX- Canyon Lake from the menu.
NEW DATE: Tuesday, June 19th
NEW TIME: 9:00-12:00noon
Please visit the events calendar and register for this Chicktime event. It is extra special and we need to know how many are coming!
** Also, we invite you to join us as we enjoy the New Life Girl’s talent show on Thursday, June 21st. Please arrive at New Life by 9:30 for the talent show so we can get settled in our seats! The show starts at 10:30 and will feature the girls performing Christian worship songs.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last Chicktim event. We had a ball with Audra Hughes and her photography sessions with the girls, Katy Rhodes and her make-up tips clinic, Judy Golden and the girl’s favorite crochet ladies, and a very special leader from Austin named Helen Peck. Please continue reading below to hear about Helen’s activity… it was increcible!
Helen Peck, a 13-year-old Girl Scout and 8th grader from Austin, is working on her Girl Scout Silver Award project, and she recently brought her great idea and excellent organizational skills to New Life Children’s Center. If you are not familiar with a Girl Scout Silver Project, it is a big, sustainable project a girl plans, leads, and implements to help out her community.
Helen attended a “We Are Girls Conference” in Austin and went to a “Kiss Your Worries Goodbye” class where girls get to make miniature dolls out of pipe cleaners and scrap cloth materials. As they each create their own unique doll, they make a special connection with it, and the doll becomes a sort of diary replacement that a girl can tell her private troubles, worries, and special moments to—actually saying these things aloud instead of keeping them locked up inside. This is especially appealing to girls who don’t like journaling (or writing in a diary) or for those who have trouble with writing.
So Helen wanted to set up a worry doll program in a place that helps girls. A place like New Life. Helen thought of New Life because she knew her church (St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin) makes quilts and has donation collections for the New Life girls. She made several example dolls, and offered to coordinate the initial set-up with all materials and hold a workshop to teach the girls how to make the dolls and the staff how to teach the process.
We loved Helen’s idea, but because of some of the behaviors of our residents, we would be unable to use the pipe cleaners. We have girls here who are self-harmers so we don’t allow anything sharp, metal or pointed. So Helen proposed using Wikki Stixinstead of pipe cleaners to make the worry dolls, The Wiki Stix can be bent and posed like pipe cleaners, but they don’t have wires inside. This was an excellent solution because they are sold in many stores and are inexpensive to boot. With Wikki Stix, the girls can also use their creativity to make accessories and extras to go with their dolls, like dogs, cats, purses, earrings, sunglasses, and necklaces.
The class allowed the girls to be creative, watch their own doll come to life, and then to confide their worries and concerns to the dolls instead of keeping them inside themselves. Helen left us with instructions and enough supplies for each cottage to hold another Wikki Stix session again.
Join us on May 12 from 8:15am-12:00noon at the New Life Children’s Center for a day of cultivating inner and outer beauty!
- Make up Tips/Make-Overs- hosted by Katy Rhodes and her Baylor friends
- Glamour Shots- hosted by Audra Hughes of ‘Through Audra’s Eyes Photography’
- Clever Techniques to Clear the Cobwebs of your Mind (Worry Dolls)- hosted by Helen Peck
- Crocheting Beauty- hosted by Judy Golden and our fabulous Crochet Ladies
We need volunteers to show up and play along with the girls. This all important bonding time while oohing and ahhing and telling the girls how beautiful they look as they are being photographed, crocheting along with them on the sofas, and learning together that we all have worries and develop techniques to reduce them… shows the girls in tangible ways that they matter. The volunteers who just show up and play along with the girls is possibly the most magical part of Chicktime morning! So gather your girlfriends, and your teenage daughters 12 and older and just SHOW UP! We don’t even require an RSVP… the more the merrier!! 🙂
FIESTA IN APRIL!
In true San Antonio tradition, we had a party in April at New Life! In honor of NIOSA, our friends showed up with scrumptious treats from around the globe…South America, Africa, Japan, Greece, Germany, Italy and the Good ‘ol USA! The girls tried many new tasty treats – some they liked and others they graciously disposed of! That’s okay…we are just here to broaden their horizons!
The girls had a blast at the outdoor game station
led by our Carnival Queens Paula and Haylee Oliver!
Jenny Rudd and the crew from “Corks, Coffee and Canvas” led the girls in creating their very own special work of art on canvas! It is amazing what can be created out of patience, time, instruction and love…
Attention Ladies! Mari Alexander and Jennifer Clarke invite you to join us on Saturday, April 14th from 8 am to Noon as we bring FIESTA to the 80 abused and neglected girls that call New Life Children’s Center home (Chicktime Canyon Lake). This has become an annual tradition for us and the girls adore this activity. We have fun themed games, activities, crafts and, of course, their favorite – FOOD! We need hands to help with crafts and games, but we know we have some amazing cooks out there and we are asking you to share your gift of cooking with the girls. We create sort of a Night In Old San Antonio area where the girls have the opportunity to sample foods from different cultures and countries (and the good ol USA!). 80 sounds like alot, but it’s really not when it’s just a sample.
If you would like to join us on April 14th, please contact Jennifer Clarke on fb, firstname.lastname@example.org or 830-456-5334 for more details. We need to hear from you soon!
Chicktime: Inspire the next generation and change your life
article written by Carolyn Boden
As we drove from Lakeway to Canyon Lake, we anticipated seeing and spending time with the girls again and meeting the other volunteers from Chicktime. This month the leaders were from San Marcos and the events that were planned included manicures, making collages, singing and creating tote bags.
The first activity of the day was giving the girls manicures. As they soaked their hands in heart shaped bowls of warm scented water, I couldn’t help but think of the journey of where the girls have been and what the future is holding for them to discover. Some hands showed signs of nails that were chewed down and arms that were scarred from self-harm. Then the girls selected the perfect color of polish for their nails and helped each other pick out stickers and embellishments to apply on their freshly polished nails. To see the beautiful transformation of their nails and hands, reminded me of the beautiful transformation that must be going on inside of them during their time at New Life.
Next it was on to the chapel to sing with a group of musicians… the songs that they lifted up were filled with the sweetest harmony and heart-felt praise. We sang some country songs along with praise songs and recalling the lyrics… the words seem to inspire the girls… words that reminded the girls to know that they are beautiful and loved.
The rain was still coming down as we left the chapel and made our way down to the cottage by the river. Here the girls would spend time making collages from images they found in magazines. The assignment was to close their eyes and think of where they wanted to be in 15 years, what was their dream if they could do anything they wanted and money was not an option. The dreams of the girls were filled with the same dreams you and I have… one girl dreamt of being a forensic pathologist so she could help others. One girl pasted 2 images of children with cleft palettes and her dream was to adopt children like them. Others had dreams of being fashion models or artists. Their creative minds were busy scanning the pages of the magazines to find the perfect images that reflected their individual dreams.
The final event was to create handmade tote bags from bandanas. After finding their favorite colors, they cut and tied the edges together and some even filled their totes with the other items that they made during the day. This was another moment of watching their battered little hands and arms from self-harming being used productively to create something beautiful! New Life is definitely a place where these girls are given a second chance in their lives, a chance to dream again.
At Chicktime, we’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to participate in the lives of these girls… not just by sharing our time, our love, and our passion with them, but to allow them the freedom to discover their own passions.
I pray that God will help us recognize the beauty in each of these girls and help them to become what is already inside of them… what God himself has already placed in them. The desire and calling that is a reflection of God himself.
Why do we do this? Because of what God does for us… He reminds us that we do matter to Him no matter what our past looks like, we too have a second chance to start over as His children. We believe the girls at New Life need to be reminded that they do matter to someone and that there is hope and love in this world. Nobody showed that better to us than Christ himself.
To learn more about Chicktime, visit www.chicktime.com <http://www.chicktime.com> . Chicktime is a grass roots movement created to serve the next generation, by bringing together groups of women using their unique gifts in the service of others. Chicktime New Life encourages the girls at the Center through fun projects that bring a bright spot to their lives. New Life Residential Center is a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSSS) whose mission is to provide help, healing and hope in the name of Jesus Christ. LSSS annually serves about 45,000 persons across Texas and Louisiana.
Link LSSS to: http://www.newlifechildrenscenter.org/
Link New Life to: http://www.newlifechildrenscenter.org/
What a Wonderful Time We Had
article written by Jennifer Clarke
On Saturday, February 11, we gathered on a cold and breezy morning at New Life with such lovely activities planned for the precious girls there. Our Chick Leaders this month, Christi Ingles and Dee Patterson, had enlisted the help of Ricki Anderson and Robin Reed to lead stations, and we had our quarterly regulars, Judy and the crochet crew on hand to lead their station! We had several other volunteers on hand this morning to assist our leaders and hang out with the girls.
The day began with Robin and Christi inspiring the girls to create Valentine cards, but not just any beautiful Valentine with a heartfelt sentiment. These Valentine’s were created to be hand delivered to the residents at the Live Oak Nursing Home in Blanco, Texas. NLCC has formed a relationship with this home and does activities from time to time there. We were provided with the names of the residents so that the greetings could be personally addressed. There is never a lack of creativity in activities like this!
The next stop was games with Ricki Anderson. We played a guessing game in which a card was placed in a holder on our foreheads and we had the chance to ask each person in our group questions that could only be answered with a “yes” or “no” answer on our way to guessing what our card said. This was very hard, challenging and FUN for all! Boy did we laugh!
On to the chapel and some downtime with the ladies at the crochet station…the girls would learn how to make a circle scarf and they seemed very interested in learning how to create something new! It was amazing to see the kindness and care that each volunteer took with the girls. Some of the girls were quite adept at this crochet thing having made numerous different items with their skillful hands! Others required a helping hand to hold the needle and have the just right amount of tension in the yarn. Quite a change from our previous rambunctious activity – this was a time to settle down and concentrate on our amazing ability to create something with our own hands.
Finally, we reached the cookie and cupcake decorating station and boy did Dee go all out on this activity! The girls were provided with a cupcake and two cookies to decorate using a variety of frostings, applicators, sprinkles, whipped creams, strawberries and chocolates! Most of the girls challenged themselves to include every single item on their blank palates! We LOVE to eat and the snack activity is always one of our favorite parts of the morning! A little taste of heaven and the icing on a beautiful and fun filled morning at Chicktime!
You are Invited…Yes! You!!!
Our Day With Chicktime @ NEW LIFE
[story by Carolyn Boden, New Life volunteer]
“A new you… the same you but better.” That was the theme-of-the-day for the girls at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, when a group of 11 volunteers from ACTS Church Lakeway joined the New Life Chicktime group for a day that none of us will soon forget.
“Chicktime”* is the wonderful mother/daughter service group that is very active and involved at New Life. This was the first trip to New Life for our ACTS women’s group, and we were excited, but didn’t really know what to expect.
We left Austin around 6:30 a.m. and caravanned to San Marcos to pick up the daughter of one of our group at Texas State University, then we all headed to New Life. On the way we visited, watched the sun rise, and anticipated the day ahead.
At first we were just going to volunteer, but when Chicktime founder Lori Rhodes contacted us about leading a station, we knew God was asking more of us. I believe He had a bigger experience in mind for us that day. As it turned out, the time with the girls and the Chicktime volunteers had a huge impact on all of us.
Our group led a scrapbooking station where the girls designed the front of their personal journals. We also shared a handout with the girls, to give them ideas of what they could journal about and how journaling can tell a story of our journey with God.
Some of our group also volunteered in the zumba and yoga stations, or joined the girls as they moved from station to station.
We were very grateful to Nancy and Kelly of Chicktime, who answered all the questions we had before, during, and after the event. My heart was humbled as I experienced Christ’s love in each of the women who were there that day… their love of Christ for each other and for the girls.
ACTS Church Lakeway’s mission is “Sending Changed People into a Changing World” and as you read the quotes below from our group, you can see how we were all “changed” in one way or another on January 14th! I will always remember that special day, and am looking forward to being “SENT” on the next Chicktime event at New Life!
In their own words:
“Ashley and I discussed how those girls touched our lives more than they will ever know! We are looking forward to more time spent at Chicktime.”
“It’s a huge accomplishment to get the schedules of 11 busy women together, let alone be able to make a difference in the lives of some special kids.”
“I didn’t know what to expect and was struck by…just girls wanting to be girls – creating something beautiful…finding their favorite colors, words, patterns. We may never know what that brief time meant to them but certainly touched me giving me such a profound thankfulness for the blessings in my life and a desire to come back!“
“Attending a ChickTime event at the New Life Treatment Center was a privilege. The partnership between these two organizations to improve the lives of young women is inspirational. Leaving New Life that day, I knew I would be back very soon with ChickTime. As I wait for that day, I continue to pray for all those amazing girls who gave more to me than I possibly could have given them.”
“I was touched by the girls’ looking out for each other and thanking us for coming. The last two groups were smaller, allowing some one-on-one interaction. One young lady put her deceased Dad’s motto on her journal cover…and her son’s initials…my heart really went out to her. They were so creative, and the time seemed to fly. I’m looking forward to future visits.”
“One girl was really looking out for her friend and wanting to help her since her friend’s father had just passed away. Her friend’s father’s favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 and she found a sticker that had that verse on it. Although she wanted to use it on her journal, she really wanted her friend to have it. When she gave it to her friend, her friend just melted and thanked her. I was touched by the selfless act and compassion she showed. You could really see some of the friendships and bonds these girls have with each other.
I was touched when they took the time to thank us before they left. They weren’t prompted to do so but did. I can only hope my teens would do that in a similar instance.
I loved watching all their creative thinking going on….”
“I would echo the sentiment about the girls helping each other, especially if one was ahead of another. All the girls were very respectful and eager to follow through on the brief instructions. I thanked one girl for coming to share time with our station and she looked me in the eye and said “no, thank YOU” … to be sure I really knew she appreciated us there. Looking forward to going back again!”
*Chicktime is a grass roots movement created to serve the next generation, by bringing together groups of women using their unique gifts in the service of others. Chicktime New Life encourages the girls at the Center through fun projects that bring a bright spot to their lives.
Mark your calendars for January 14th for Chicktime at New Life Children’s Center. Nancy Pappas and Kelly Vizzone are leading a wonderful morning of activities perfect for the New Year. The girls will learn tips to take better care of themselves and hopefully get a foundation of healthy new routines to help in the restoration process as they heal from years of abuse and neglect.
We need your help! So please plan to join us!
January 14, 2012
New Life Children’s Center
650 Scarborough, Canyon Lake, TX 78132
Our December event was magical. Chicktime Hope brought out their famous praise band and led the girls in Christmas carols and worship music. The surprise of the day was the lifted hands of many young women obviously connecting with their spiritual side that beautiful morning. So many of these young women are desperately wanting to believe they are loved beyond measure and music has a way of connecting them to the source of that love like nothing else can. Thank you to the 40+ volunteers who showed up to make Christmas Merry for so many!! Can’t wait to see you again in the New Year!!
Terri Watts lead the New Life girls in a day of ‘giving back’. We hand painted pots that will be filled with flowers and delivered to nursing homes… 600 pounds of rice and beans were packed with love for the local food bank… Christine Spencer taught her renowned etiquette class… and the crochet ladies were back to help the girls make warm hats for themselves and to share.One New Life girl who was quite entertained by the etiquette class commented that she felt ridiculous eating like a princess… that she had never felt like a princess in her entire life. Later in the morning as she was painting her pot, she commented that it was a princess pot! Guess acting like a princess helped her to feel like the princess that she is… not the abused and broken young girl who came to New Life many months ago.
New Life is a place of resotration. Join us for Chicktime and BE the love of God to a young girl walking the path to resoration. Contact Lisa Brown to learn more about New Life or join in the monthly Hope Tour (the last Thursday of every month). email@example.com. Visit the chicktime events calendar to save the date and join us for Chicktime at New Life Children’s Center or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.