PYC has always used our Teen Work Program to support our ministry. However, due to the problems listed below we have had to end the Work Program
1. Separation Between Work and Church
Ever since its conception, there has always been a problem with the kids being unable to separate the Work Program from the proper ministry of the church(or Chapel). In other words, when a kid left the work program or was fired, many times they would stop coming to Bible Study and Chapel activities. Even though I went to great lengths to explain that "work is work" and "church is church", the kids seemed unable or unwilling to separate the two.
On the other hand, kids who came to PYC outside of the Work Program, would assume that selling candy was a biblical mandate. They would feel an obligation to sell candy to support PYC and this too led to many kids not returning.
2. Child Labor Laws
One of our greatest struggles has been conforming to ever changing Child Labor Laws. The latest change in the works is the requirement of minimum wage pay for all candy workers. This means that if a kid went out for a three hour day and only sold 6 candies(which many do), we would be required to pay them minimum wage for the entire three hours. This would be impossible as the profit made from six candies would only be $6.00. Although there are a few kids who could sell enough to maintain paying them minimum wage, overall most of the kids do not sell enough to make it feasible for us to continue the Work Program with the minimum wage requirement.
Conclusion:Although the Work Program has been our sole source of income and support for several years, it is clear that there is no way we can continue and keep within the scope of the Child Labor Laws. Also there is the concern of the Work Program hindering the true ministry of PYC which is teaching the Word of God and catechising the youth who attend our studies.
Below is a list of our expenses each month. These figures have been constant over the last year and a half. As our numbers grow, the expenses will increase slightly.
3. Fellowship Lunch..........$100.00
4. Bus Passes................$30.00
(Bibles for new kids, visitation, etc.)
Total Expenses per month...$1,700.00
We are experiencing growth at PYC. At this time we have 8 confessing members and 32 regular kids. Now that the Work Program has been closed, I look forward to using this extra free time to canvass neighborhoods and organize some outreaches to bring in even more kids and families.
I am not seeking any compensation in our support from Ontario URC. I have opportunity to pursue income from different sources such as Internet Design, Video Production and private donors who have offered to help with financial contributions when and if needed.
We would humbly ask to have greater accountability and affilitation with Ontario URC. Many times there are parents or other people who wish to know more information about PYC and they seem suspicious that our Chapel is a "one man show". Also, since the liability of the Work Program is no longer an issue, we would benefit greatly from being able to use the Ontario URC nonprofit number. This would help us obtain grants, donations and give us more credibility as an organization.
Submitted by Pastor Tim Shultz to the Ontario URC Council, January 4th, 1999.