That led member Mary Mendenhall to propose a fundraiser she had been considering.
"I had it in my heart to do a 5K, but I didn't know what for," she said last week. The program at Encounter Church led the 2012 Solanco High School graduate to propose the run as a fundraiser for Solid Rock.
The idea caught on with Solid Rock volunteers. It will be the children's ministry's first 5K fundraiser.
"We had thought about a 5K," Solid Rock director Raeanne Nixon said. "We talked about it with our fundraising lady about a year ago. This spring, we said we were going to do one, and then Mary texted me about it."
"I can't cook and I don't have lots of money, but I do know how to run," Mendenhall said.
She didn't start running until after she graduated from high school. "Since then, I've done several 5Ks and a half marathon," Mendenhall said.
Organizers hope to attract between 100 and 150 runners and raise $5,000.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 18.
The run will start at the Fairview Rd. traihead in Providence Township and go east over the new bridge. Runners and walkers will turn around after two and a half kilometers and return to the starting point.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The run itself will start at 8:30.
There will be a half-mile fun run for kids, starting at 9:30 a.m. Both runs will be held rain or shine.
Advance registration is $30 per person. Teams of five or more people can register for $25 per person.
The rates will go up to $35 per person after July 31. People registering after that date will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.
Registration packets can be picked up at the trailhead the day of the run or at Solid Rock, 34 E. State St., Quarryville, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 17.
Participants can park at the trailhead or at New Providence Baptist Church on Beaver Valley Pike (Rt. 222).
"We will have shuttle service between the church and the starting point or people can just walk to the trailhead," Mendenhall said.
"We're really excited to have a 5K," Nixon said. "Solid Rock is growing and we need the support.
“Hopefully, people will come out."
Solid Rock was founded in 1997 moved to its E. State St. location in 2004.
In its early years, the center provided after-school activities for high schoolers. It has evolved into a ministry for children in kindergarten through ninth grade.
"But we hope to bring the high school programs back," Nixon said.
It provides after-school activities and numerous summer programs including a Girls Circle, cooking classes, and an English as a Second Language class for adults.
"That will start June 28 with a volunteer instructor," Nixon said.
The center works with about 70 students a week. All of its programs are free.
Solid Rock gets most of its support from area churches, businesses, and individual donors.
"We wouldn't be able to do it without our faithful supporters," Nixon said.