Our Good News Club, directed by Kathy Bavec and Martha Heidenger is still going strong. We now have two groups at Richmond Heights Elementary School. The younger children’s group is run by a group from another church. We help out if when needed if we are able. Our group consists of fourth to sixth graders.
The program runs from early October through early May divided into six-week lesson series. At the end of the six weeks is a party review game. There are activities for groups, songs with motions, Bible lessons, memory verses, missionary stories and review games. We also provide the children with a snack. The children are rewarded for various tasks: learning the verse of the previous week, bringing their Bible, and completing their homework. We try to make it fun, as well as teaching them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what it means to live a life pleasing to God.
Kids love to compete so the review game is usually done in groups. We also have a “Quiet Seat” to maintain discipline. They are expected to behave, listen and participate to qualify as the winner. The Gospel is presented at each meeting. Those interested in becoming a child of God, or having any questions concerning getting saved are counseled after the lesson is given. We have seen many children accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
This year we have focused on the Creation and Jesus and His miracles. The more we teach, the more we learn.
We recently hosted a Christmas Party at the Step by Step after school program. We served approximately 70 children. The children really enjoyed themselves. They did crafts, decorated cookies, played games, sang songs and had a Bible lesson. There were goody bags to take home along with cupcakes. One child said we should do this more often!
We also host a 5-Day Club in the summer. It is the same as a Good News Club only held outside in the evening and is for all ages. There have been trained teenage missionaries to do the lesson and songs. The last night is a picnic for the kids and their families.
We wish to thank the church members for their support of this very important ministry. We invite you to get involved. Kathy is always looking for new people to be trained. The CEF Team has all had training to be able to teach. The training and teaching really are fun and it is a rewarding experience. The more people we have, the more children can receive the Good News.