Last week we hosted a 5-Day Club and had from 12-18 kids, depending on the day, in our basement family room. Three teens presented the club, after they attended a week of training through the Christian Youth in Action program. For them, it is the second week of a two-week camp-like discipleship and training program. For us, it provided an opportunity to host a 5-Day Club, reach out to our neighborhood with the Gospel, and show our children the possibilities ahead of them for serving Christ.
The team of teachers took turns presenting the Wordless book story, the songs, and the missionary story. Each day after the Bible lesson (Wordless book story) that teacher left the room to wait in case any of the kids wanted to talk with them about believing in Jesus.
Jessica, Hannah, Tony, and Cory came each day to serve our family and our neighbors and friends. Tony, a CEF staff member, drove the crew each day to and from the club.
After club I served cookies to everyone and on one afternoon the kids went outside to run through the sprinklers and cool off.
It doesn't seem possible to hear the Gospel too many times, does it? Hope and Sydney, at nine years old, are beginning to think more deeply about what Christ means to their lives. Meanwhile, Lane is on the brink of turning seven and Toby is just three. They are all in different stages of development and understanding of the impact that the Gospel has on themselves. I found it very valuable for them to hear the lessons as they sat near their neighborhood friends, some who may not have heard about Jesus.
Hosting a 5-Day Club was just one more way of teaching my children, through actions, that the truth of Jesus Christ changes everything about the way we live our life. It is my hope that hosting a summer neighborhood Bible club outreach is one more way of showing our kids that "normal" life includes standing strong for the Gospel of Christ and proclaiming His Name, for His glory, to everyone!
And what is the Gospel? "That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:3-4) NIV