I love this time of year! School has been in session for some time now, which means Christian education and ministries involving children and youth are taking root as well.
At Fairmont Community, Kids ROCK is drawing 28 children and youth on Wednesday nights. Ranging from 3 years old to 9th grade, we have been learning together this past month what these words mean: Fellowship and Sanctuary, Worship and Pastor, Choir and Hymn/Hymnal. We have gone on a nature hike, made crafts, played games, sang songs, and prayed. And each night has started off with a meal served by a great team in the kitchen.
Each week, our team of adult volunteers has grown as well … up to 8 now! Next week we will be splitting into 3 age groups. Kylee Slocum and an Adult Yet to be Determined will teach the Pre-K thru 2nd grade students. Linda Carroll and an Adult Yet to be Determined will teach the 3rd and 4th graders. Pastor Pat and an Adult Yet to be Determined will teach the 5th thru 9th graders. We are also praying for 4 class helpers (2 for the youngest class).
At Milligan, Sunday School has begun, with Lila Koca and Bailey teaching again this year. We look forward to more of our youngest disciples participating in coming weeks.
We are also gearing up for a large Confirmation class at Milligan. An Orientation meeting will be held this Wednesday, Oct. 4 for students in 7th grade or older and their parents to learn about our discipling plan (aka Confirmation schedule). Part of the plan involves each student inviting a mentor from their church family to walk and learn with them on this journey. Milligan Church Family, I hope you’ll consider saying Yes when you are asked by one of the youth to be his or her mentor.
Fairmont Church Family, I hope you’ll consider saying Yes to help as a teacher’s aide (if you are an adult), or as a class helper (if you are in high school), or as part of the kitchen crew (if you like to cook, bake, or just want to help serve 30 people in a short amount of time).
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat