The United Methodist Church filled the week of Spring Break with a program called Kingdom Kids to keep youth occupied.
The program included games, recreation and art instruction and saw an average of 50 children each day.
"Our church has felt a calling to reach out to the children and families of the Payson area to provide quality programs that are fun for children while providing their parents with a feeling of security that their children are truly cared for and loved," said Brad Bolt, Director of Christian Education.
A program called Wacky Wednesday will start next Wednesday, March 29. The after-school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will run from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Payson United Methodist Church is also preparing for the debut of a daily after-school program for kindergartners through fifth-graders beginning in late 2006 or early 2007. The program will be licensed with the state and DES and will provide extended care when school is out of session.
"The number of children with inadequate after-school care while their parents are working is troublesome," Bolt said. "In this age of Internet predators, parents have more to worry about than the stranger on the street and our church is working to help alleviate some of those concerns."