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Family Ministries Pastor Travis Cross - Excited About Our Ministry!

Happy 2018! Praying that you and your family have a blessed new year! I always heard that as you get older the years go by faster and I believe it completely! Ha ha!

I am excited to let you know about a new ministry that will start this month! We are going to rework our Wednesday night children's program, and it will be taught by myself and Pastor Clay. Starting on January 17 we will not be doing the traditional Children's Choirs. We are going to have a new program that will combine some catechism-type teaching and some teaching of hymns.

Many years ago you probably would not be questioned/challenged about your faith or about why you believe what you believe until you were in college. Later those challenges started coming in high school and later on in middle school. Now, our children and other children who are followers of Jesus are being questioned/challenged in elementary school!

Our children need to learn at a young age how to share and defend their faith. This catechism-style teaching will help them learn to do just that! I am thrilled to get to teach them these truths! Much of what I do is coordinating other teachers/leaders to serve in all of our ministry areas. I am looking forward to getting some actual teaching time with the children in our class!

The other half of the Wednesday night teaching time will be with Pastor Clay and his helpers. In this class the children will learn some of the great hymns of the faith. Many children are not familiar with these hymns, so I am excited that they will be learning them with Pastor Clay!

There will be two groups of children on Wednesday nights. One group will be K4, K5, and 1st Grades and the other group will be 2nd - 5th Grades. The program will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each week and will start on January 17. The K4 - 1st Grade Group will meet with me (and helpers) for the first 30 minutes and the 2nd - 5th Grade Group will meet with Pastor Clay (and helpers). At 7:00 p.m. we will switch groups.

If your child is not attending on Wednesday nights, I want to challenge you to get them started! I also want to ask you to pray for me and Clay as we prepare. Pray for us as we finalize curriculum and start planning for our teaching. We may even try to work out some sort of reward system for children who finish the entire program! Looking forward to January 17!

VBS 2018

Believe it or not we are already planning for VBS 2018! I have a team that will be going with me on January 5 - 6 to Ridgecrest, NC for the Lifeway VBS preview event. Please pray for us to have a safe trip! Our VBS 2018 will be held Sunday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 27 in the evenings. The theme is Game On! It will have a sports theme, so after we get back from the preview event we will be asking for some donations. Be on the lookout for how you can help!

AWANA and Good News Club are at the half-year point. Please pray for both ministries as we start back up after Christmas break. AWANA will resume on January 7 and Good News Club will resume on January 9. Please pray for me as I invite the Good News Club children who do not have a church home to come and join us at ERBC for activities such as AWANA, Children's Camp, etc. I would love for more of our GNC kids to be a part of our church family!

We could use more volunteers! Please pray and ask the Lord where you can serve! Talk to me about Preschool, Sunday School, AWANA, Good News Club, and other areas where we need help. The Lord can use anyone to show love to a child! Ask Him where He wants to use you today!

Please keep an eye out for emails and announcements made through our "in the KNOW" flyers that are available outside the worship center each week. You never know what you might find out! :)



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