Back-to-school haircut at Bedford First Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Teachers making final preparations for their classes, students dreading the end of summer, parents adjusting to new routines, and school buses on the streets again (drivers, be careful!)—it can only mean one thing: it’s that time of year again! School is back in session or will begin again soon across much of the country, signaling a community-wide shift from one season to the next. Sometimes that shift can be anything but smooth for families, just as it can be for teachers, administrators, and staff. We celebrate the Church of God congregations across the country that recognize the need and do what they can to meet the need. School supply drives, special prayer gatherings, and “back-to-school bashes” are just a few of the ways numerous congregations are coming alongside schools and families as the fall semester dawns. Continue reading
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By Carl Stagner
Cannon Elementary School is exactly one mile from Community Church of God in Danville, Illinois. One mile was just too close to ignore the ten-mile long list of difficulties a school faces from year to year. A couple of years ago, the Holy Spirit placed a burden on the hearts of the missions team at Community to begin reaching out to the faculty, students, and staff of Cannon Elementary. Today, the school has come to recognize that if they are in need, the church is available. Now the church has discovered that the school is there for them, too. Continue reading
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Photo: Children participating in the after-school SEEK ministry at Community Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
“Because of what’s going on in the school system, a lot of the parents haven’t even completed high school. Their children are geared to become what they see. How can you expect a generation to change if they see such a model set before them? So we said, it starts with our church.” Jason McClendon, pastor of Community Church of God in Macon, Georgia, has rallied his congregation to accept responsibility for the next generation. The change is already beginning to unfold. “If we help our children now, then in about twenty or thirty years, this will be a totally different community.” Continue reading
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