Some of the youth group of First Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Take a look at 2100 Fruitland Ave, Atwater, California, on Google Maps. What you’ll find is that First Church of God is literally a stone’s throw away from Atwater High School. The front-row seat the California congregation has to roughly 1,800 students and their families is certainly incredible, but the church hasn’t sat down to enjoy the scenery. They’ve seized a number of opportunities God has presented them to minister to these teens and their families. What’s more, through their preschool established in 1964, they minister to children who one day accept their diplomas right across the street. Recently the church stepped out in faith to expand the preschool facility, as teachers reap the benefits of a Fruitland Christian School early education, and as parents on a waiting list eagerly knock on the door. Continue reading
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Tagged Atwater, Bill Barkman, CA, California, children, community, construction, education, expansion, First Church of God, Fruitland Christian School, high school, kids, new building, outreach, parents, preschool, renovation, student ministries, students, teachers, teens, youth
Warner Press and author Tina Houser continue to grow their relationship with the release of Tina’s eighteenth book, Fascinating Preschoolers. Houser’s latest connects Sunday school teachers to a group of kids that are often overlooked as “too young” to connect to Jesus. She teaches us how to embrace their “fascination” and show them the wonder of the world God created. Continue reading
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Tagged book, children's ministry, church resources, curriculum, Fascinating Preschoolers, kids ministry ideas, preschool, small groups, Sunday school, teachers, teaching, Tina Houser, Warner Press
Photo: MOPS ministry at Madison Park Church of God.
By Karen Roberts
An older woman approached the MOPS display table in the foyer of a local Church of God. “So, are you selling cleaning products?” she asked. Her question is common. The answer is surprising. No, it’s not a floor product company. Yes, it’s a group for moms with small children that meets in local host churches to teach and encourage women—literally all around the world. Many Church of God congregations are discovering the power of the ministry to reach new families in their community. Continue reading
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Tagged Annie Nichols, children, community, East Side Church of God, Jessii Culp, Karen Roberts, Madison Park Church of God, Maple Grove Church of God, moms, MOPS, mothers, Mothers of Preschoolers, outreach, Park Place Church of God, preschool, small groups, support groups