BEAR BRANCH, Ky. (WYMT) - The doors are closed at one Eastern Kentucky ministry center.
Big Creek Missions in Leslie County is shutting down for the summer.
The organization connects church groups and volunteers from across the country who participate in service projects in Leslie, Clay and Perry Counties.
BCM officials have not said why the ministry is closing temporarily.
A statement on the organization's website reads "all summer camp weeks have been cancelled" because of a "personnel matter being handled internally." The statement is attributed to the Big Creek Missions Board of Directors.
A posting from the BCM Facebook page states "no children have been involved with anything."
But some kids will be affected by the closure.
"Our church had hoped and planned that Big Creek would be able to help us with some Vacation Bible Schools this summer," said Rev. Dan Griffiths, the pastor at Beech Fork United Methodist Church in nearby Helton. "Because they've suspended doing ministry this summer, we're going to have to either not have Vacation Bible School or find some other help."
The statement on BCM's website does not specify when the ministry will open again.
"There are other churches in the same situation," Griffiths said. "Churches were hoping that Big Creek Mission would be able to help with work projects. I know they do quite a bit of work in homes, too. All of that will have to be deferred."
It is unclear if anybody will be laid off for the summer as a result of the closure.
BCM director Kevin Rogers did not want to comment.
Phone calls and messages left at BCM's main office in Bear Branch were not returned.
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