High-energy worship experience at Jesus Girls 2019.
By Carl Stagner
Four years ago, the children’s pastor at First Church of God in East Prairie, Missouri, was in the middle of a conversation with a group of moms about issues their daughters were facing. It seemed that a common problem among the church girls was the presentation of an image at church on Sundays that didn’t match the one they lived out during the week. Dawn Walters recounts how she and this group of moms envisioned an evening experience designed especially for girls where the gospel would be presented clearly, where such topics would be addressed from a biblical perspective, and where the girls would make wonderful memories. Considering prevalent bullying, stressful relationship dynamics, social media craziness, and more, it was clear something needed to be done, particularly before those trying teenage years, to instill in the hearts of girls the love, acceptance, and security found in Jesus alone. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Give Life
Tagged child, children, community, conference, convention, creativity, Dawn Walters, demographics, discipleship, East Prairie, ecumenical, event, First Church of God, girls, Give Life, ideas, ingenuity, innovation, Jesus Girls, Jesus Is the Subject, kids, mentoring, Missouri, MO, outreach, outreach ideas, Paul Matte, teenagers, teens, tweens, unity, youth
An array of refreshments await local law enforcement officers.
By Carl Stagner
One popular community outreach is the distribution of gift bags to local first responders. Long hours and hard labor that is both physically and mentally strenuous often leave members of police, fire, and other emergency services in need of a dose of encouragement; many Church of God congregations have opted to fill that need, and continue to do so at regular intervals through the year. It’s just another way they’ve determined to give life to their community. But not many have gone so far as Cloverdale Church of God in Boise, Idaho. They’ve not only opened their heart to local law enforcement, they’ve given them room and key. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
Tagged Boise, Cloverdale Church of God, community, first responders, ID, Idaho, ingenuity, law enforcement, officers, outreach, police, sheriff's department, TJ Samuelu, Tom Dougherty, unique ministries