2010-04-10 / News

Waters Edge has something for everyone

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE – Waters Edge Ministries Lay Speaker Rob Heptinsall made significant changes to his life and now encourages others to follow in his, and the Lord’s, footsteps. “It’s all about changing lives,” he said.

Heptinsall said several years ago his life was not on a positive path, and circumstances reached the point where he looked to God and religion for help-and found it. Now when youth and adults come to visit any of Waters Edge Ministries’ many activities, Heptinsall said part of his mission is to “tell them a little bit about the Lord,” while providing a safe haven for anyone looking for fun and fellowship.

Heptinsall said Waters Edge sponsors a free community lunch each Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by spiritual renewal and fellowship from 2 to 3 p.m. But that’s only a few of the activities. Waters Edge sponsors teen night Tuesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m., which attracts about 45 teens weekly. Even more successful is family night, Wednesdays 6 to 7:30 p.m. It has roughly 100 regular participants. “It’s been great,” said Heptinsall. A Wednesday night youth indoor dodgeball tournament is also popular. “Come as you are. The Lord doesn’t judge us on appearance,” he said.

“We try to have a positive, safe environment for kids,” said Heptinsall. “If you’re bored or lonely, check the place out.” He said three days per week, Waters Edge sponsors after school sessions where a meal and three certified teachers are on hand to help youths.

Heptinsall said the ministry is creating “Tom Sawyer House,” which is basically a Buckeye Lake version of Columbus’ Huckleberry House-a safe place for runaway youth that provides help for teens in domestic crisis situations. “It’s going to be a positive house for kids and young teens,” he said, adding that Tom Sawyer house is currently being remodeled and is next door to the Water Edge facility at Ohio 79 and Hilton Street.

Pastors Bob Myer and Carol Kirk join Heptinsall at Water Edge and Kim Heptinsall, Diane Smith, and Barb Smith help with the ministry’s daily operations.

Heptinsall said Water Edge Ministries continues to grow with all sorts of activities for youths and adults. He said once people realize what the place is all about, it’s easy to convince them to stay for a while and return regularly. “Once I get them in here, the Lord will do the rest,” said Heptinsall.

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