Recently Keymar Wesleyan Church (KWC) was given a fantastic gift not only for the children of their church but also the children of the community. Due to the generous donation and planning of the DeGroft family in the Keymar Church a new playground was built.
When the Keymar Wesleyan Church was being organized Homer DeGroft was a teenager and Pastor Paul Taylor took Homer under his wing and mentored him. Several years later Homer married Naomi in the old church building by the Keymar Railroad. God blessed these parents with six children who were raised in the Keymar Church and involved in all of the children's programs and more. Sisters Barbara Foster, Marlene Adkins and Deanna Mikesell married their sweethearts that they met in the KWC church family. They raised their children David and Sherrie Dodson, Amy and Dana Adkins, Jonathan and Benjamin Mikesell in the church.
When the family estate was settled following the death of Naomi, the sisters decided to invest some of their inheritance in a project for the church and Keymar community. Their mom and dad loved kids – after all they had six. Their mom worked with children in the church. Following their mom's example - Barb, Marlene and Deanna served in many ways with children and youth – teaching Sunday school, vacation Bible school, CYC, Clubhouse, youth programs, dramas and the list goes on. It was a natural to make the DeGroft Memorial Playground a project that would benefit children of the church family and Keymar community.
The church is so thankful to finally have a playground that reaches out to the Keymar community! The Grand Opening night of the playground was well attended and the kids are already enjoying the play area.