Bokamoso youth

Bokamoso Youth Theater Returns to DC

Bokamoso youth

Bokamoso is a theatre troupe of youth from Winterveldt, South Africa who help produce and perform plays created to help young people grow up healthy and ready for the challenges of adult life.  For over a decade Roy Barber from Seekers Church has worked with the youth and staff at Bokamoso to create their musical plays.  Every year since 2000 we have sponsored a visit to this country by a representative group of youth from Bokamoso.  While here they work with students from St. Andrew’s Academy, where Roy teaches, and visit with other groups to share their spirit and their vision.  Their presence is a beacon of hope in an often-brutal situation.

 

 Origins of the Bokamoso Youth Theatre

 

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Seekers Church has a long and positive history with the Bokamoso Youth Theatre, a ministry of the Anglican Mission of Tumelong in Winterveldt, South Africa.  Winterveldt is a sprawling, semi-rural community of several hundred thousand residents about 40 kilometers north of Pretoria, coming to terms with many challenges in the new South Africa. Unemployment, teenage pregnancy, abuse, crime, malnutrition, broken families, HIV/AIDS are just a few of the symptoms of the broken “circle of courage” in the region.  The community also has many gifts, including a mix of African languages, cultures and peoples – Zulu, Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, and cultures from other African nations like Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 

 

Bokamoso is a theatre troupe of youth from Winterveldt who help produce and perform plays created to help young people grow up healthy and ready for the challenges of adult life.  For over a decade Roy Barber from Seekers Church has worked with the youth and staff at Bokamoso to create their musical plays.  Every year since 2000 we have sponsored a visit to this country by a representative group of youth from Bokamoso.  While here they work with students from St. Andrew’s Academy, where Roy teaches, and visit with other groups to share their spirit and their vision.  Their presence is a beacon of hope in an often-brutal situation.  

 

This year a fundraising breakfast will be held to raise more money for the youth center in Winterfeldt. The event is January 15 at the Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church, on Nebraska Ave. NW across from American University. A free breakfast (8:30-9:30) will be served for 300 people, during which the Bokamoso group will briefly perform, then two youth and their mentors will speak. Finally, an 8-minute video about the youth will be shown.

 

To contribute, write Bokamoso Scholarship Fund on the memo line of checks and mail to:
Sue Johnson, Treasurer
Seekers Church
7818 Byrds Nest Pass
Annanadale, VA 22003

Contributions are tax deductible and make wonderful “alternative gifts” for family and friends. Simply ask for a gift card.

 

 Click here for more information about the Youth Centre.

 

 


 


 

Complete schedule of performances

 

January 13  (Sunday)

10:00am 

Seekers Church Service

A Christian Community In
the Tradition of Church of the Saviour

276 Carroll Street NW

Washington DC 20012

 

January 15 (Tuesday)

8:30am

Bokamoso Dream Breakfast
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016
The public is welcome.  Seats available as space permits.

Plan to arrive early and park by 8:15am.

 

Contact Chris Bridgeman for more information: 
chbridgeman(at symbol)comcast.net or 301.320.4836. 

 

January (Thursday)

7:30pm

Hope and a Home Performance

15th Street Presbyterian Church

1701- 15th St NW (at R St.) Washington DC

 

Contact: Crystal Stewart via cstewart(at symbol)hopeandahome.org or 202.387.7091  

January 19 (Saturday) 

 2:00pm

THIS EVENT CANCELLED
Smithsonian African Art Museum

January  20  (Sunday)

 9:00am

11:00am

Christ Church Services 

both worship services

118 North Washington Street

Alexandria VA 22314

January  29  (Tuesday)

10:30am

 

 Wesley Seminary

4500 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC 20016

on campus and street parking limited, suggest American University parking lots a few blocks away

February 1  (Friday)

 7:30pm

VOICES  a new play, plus traditional songs/dances
George Washington University Marvin Center Theatre

800 21st St. NW

Washington  DC 20006

The public is invited to this performance including traditional costumes.  Tickets available at the door ($30).  Please encourage the youth by coming and bringing a friend or two! 

February 3 (Sunday)

9:00am

11:00am

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church Services

performing at both worship services

3401 Nebraska Avenue NW

Washington DC 20016

 

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