Fellowship program brings together kids and parents

January 09, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

MIDDLEBURG - A program of fun, food and fellowship for children at Middleburg Baptist Church attracts all ages, said Pastor Curtis Brock. The church, established in 1801, is located at 2977 Shorttown Road.

The program came about after numerous children not connected to the church attended Vacation Bible School last summer. It was also one of the first programs started after Brock became pastor at the church June. 1, 2003?.

"We had a lot of kids that no one (in the church) knew that attended Bible School and some of the women here asked about providing a program to keep them involved in church," said Brock.

The week after Bible School, five church youths and some adults made visits with children in the community and had 18 kids to attend the first Wednesday night program. The number varies each week and has been a boost to the Wednesday night prayer service, he said.


Lisa and Steven Peek are youth leaders along with other volunteers. He also drives the church bus.

"We are now seeing some parents come in and check us out," the pastor said. A Christmas play by the children drew more parents in.

"One mother said she came to see what was going on at the church that her children was so interested in," Brock said.

He said it is up to the congregation to get the kids to church. "We just leave the rest up to the Lord."

"This the generation we're going to have to reach, not only to insure we will have a church years from now, but also to reach them spiritually," he said.

"Some of the children who came to Bible School and the children's program were in church for the first time," Brock said. "They didn't know what was going on. Some were fidgety and had a lot of questions."

After being in church a few times, the kids settled down and learned that "we love them and we care," the pastor said.

"We don't know what will grow out of this program. Maybe some of these kids will go on to become like Evangelist Billy Graham or be great missionaries."

"We've see a lot of excitement," he said. "The church has seen this is the type of ministry we need to have. If we can keep one kid from falling through the cracks and make a difference, it will be worth our efforts.

"This is not about the church, this is not about me, it's all about Jesus," Brock said of the children's ministry.

"If people have children in our area, we want them to come and get to know us. Check us out and see for yourselves," he said.

Helping children understand the Word of God

Middleburg Baptist wants to keep a conservative view of the Bible and teach the fundamentals of faith so children can get a grasp on what the Word of God says.

"We don't go for a lot of flair, we just want to get the kids here and teach them about Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do the rest."

The goal of the children's program is for the children to have fun and also learn, he said.

"We have a Christ-like compassion for those who come here. Jesus didn't exclude anyone. Our door is open to anyone who feels comfortable to come."

Brock said the recent success in getting more children in church shows what happens when people want to do a ministry and get a burden to follow through.

The Wednesday children's program has classes for children from 2 years old through high school. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a light dinner (sandwiches, pizza, etc.), things that children like.

Classroom time is mixed with recreation with the use of videos.

One of the first projects the children got involved in was Operation Christmas Shoe Box. They set a goal to prepare 50 boxes and they actually made 75. The older children shopped for items for the boxes, then all the kids prepared and wrapped boxes.

They presented the wrapped boxes before the church which prayed over the boxes that were shipped to underprivileged children around the world.

"We try to have something for all ages," said Brock. "We want them to know we will provide a challenge to them from a theological standpoint."

A children's church also has begun at Middleburg Baptist. Children 3 through first grade have a separate service Sunday mornings. Brock said he hopes the older youth will help with the children's service.

"Our goal is that the children who come through our doors will fall in love with Jesus, and give their hearts to him for the rest of their lives.

If you want to go

The children's program is 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday. The Middleburg Baptist Church van will transport children to the church from residences in Middleburg and Yosemite, and along Ky. 70. Call the church at (606) 787-0900 or parsonage at 787-0569 for more information.

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