We have been granted a tremendous opportunity to do just that, outside the setting of our local church. God has richly blessed this opportunity, but we are at a point now where we need help. I believe there are some readers out there who God is preparing to step in and help us carry out a tremendous ministry to children at Central City Elementary School located in the West End of Huntington, WV.
In past years many of us have lamented judicial decisions to “take the Bible out of the public schools”. However, through His providence, (and a ruling from the Supreme Court) God has, indeed, allowed us to take the Bible and the Good News of Jesus into the public schools through after school programs.
This September we will be beginning our second full year of reaching the children of Central City Elementary by partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship and a neighboring church (Sunshine FWB) with a Good News Club.
We began our Good News Club during the last five weeks of the 2012-2013 school year. In that short time we were able to minister to 10 children who stayed after school for an hour on Thursday evenings. Those kids were treated to delicious snacks, a fun time of recreation, songs, a Bible memory verse each week, along with a Bible lesson, missionary story, and a Gospel presentation. Several children made professions of faith during those few weeks.
Last school year we were blessed to enroll 27 children in our Good News Club. But along with the blessing of an enrollment that nearly tripled in number, came the problem of a shortage of helpers. For the ministry to be successful and to grow in number, we MUST enlist some new workers for the coming school year.
We desperately need to have enough helpers to split the children into two age groups. The future effectiveness and success of this ministry rests solely on God providing us with enough helpers to make this work.
The requirements and qualifications for workers and helpers are simple. The workers must be born again followers of Jesus Christ. They must love children, and be able to pass a criminal background check, and attend a brief training session offered by Child Evangelism Fellowship. And they must be willing to give about an hour and a half of their time on Thursday afternoons in serving the Lord through serving these children.
Would YOU be willing to help?
You do not have to be a gifted musician or Bible teacher (although we can always use more of those), you just need to be willing to help. Beside the obvious teaching and singing folks, we need helpers who are willing to serve in any of these other ways:
- Games and recreation
- Passing out materials
- Greeting parents when they pick up the children
- Provide a loving presence for the children during the club hour
- Help with keeping order and attention
- Taking care of records
- Helping prepare materials
- Prayer support
- And other tasks as needs arise
We need to be there by 2:45 when school dismisses, to greet the children, and stay till the parents pick them up at 4:00.
We have had a wonderful crew of workers since day one, but during the last school one has passed away and two have had health situations that have limited their availability.
Would you be willing to help us this year? I will be glad to share more information with anyone who may be interested in being part of what God is doing at Central City.
Feel free to contact me via private message through Facebook, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the church office at 304-429-1348. If you get voice mail, just leave a message with your name and number. We will get back to you.