The Bethlehem Lutheran Church held a throwback games day for their youthful members and neighborhood children on June 7th. The turnout may have not been what was expected, but those in attendance had a wonderful time. The blend of nostalgia for the adults and the learning experience for the youngsters was a great combination of fun and excitement.
Leona Thomas (an active member at the church) explained it was a day to get children playing games indoors and outdoors as most children did in the past. Kids these days are so caught up with electronic games, iphones, and computers and do not play board games and playground games as was the norm in the past. Those pastimes of playing checkers and other board games have seen better days, and it is rare to see children playing at a playground outdoors. Back-in-the-day boys and girls would play hopscotch, jacks, and jump rope, but these days many children may not know how to, or why should they bother doing those old school activities. The old games used to bring great pleasure and interaction between friends and family members and provided adequate physical activity for children as well.
Old School board games also taught children how to be competitive in a healthy constructive manner which is a cornerstone for healthy social development. There would have also been some kite flying but the hot motionless air did not provide any opportunity for the activity. Maybe the next game day will be so gracious to provide a breeze.
The Church is celebrating one hundred and thirty years of its existence and the games day was held as part of the events to mark that great achievement. Reverend Patrick Keen has been with the church for the past fifteen years and he invites the community to come out and take part in the celebrations at 1823 Washington Avenue-at the corner of Washington and Dryades Street. Reverend Keen is also proud to be a part of the revitalization of that Garden district community in the post Katrina era.