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By Andi Bourne
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Adventure Club sets a new course for students starting Sept. 16

 

September 10, 2020



SEELEY LAKE – Starting Wednesday, Sept. 16 the Seeley Lake Baptist Church will be hosting a weekly Adventure Club from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for students ages three through sixth grade. Pastor Jim Johnson looks forward to starting this Biblically-oriented, high-energy program providing not only a fun program to help children and their families grow together in their faith but also assist parents with child care Wednesdays after school.

There was no children’s ministry at the Baptist Church when Pastor Jim arrived last October.

“It was just something we felt was needed not only for our children at the church but also outside in the community,” said Johnson. “We are looking forward to the kids learning more about the Bible, learning it accurately and faithfully.”

Since Mission Bible Fellowship already offers their Kids’ Club on Mondays, Johnson said the Baptist Church specifically chose Wednesday for Adventure Club. This offers another fun, active, Bible-based program for children to engage in after school during the week and parents can pick them up after work. When they go home, Johnson hopes the children are excited to share with their parents what they learned over dinner.

Adventure Club is a very Biblically oriented, high-energy program. Johnson said he has seen this program work very well in other communities. The program consists of a teaching time, music, games and small group time where the lesson is reinforced and they practice the memory verse. The lessons and games are age appropriate for the three age groups: Trackers Ages Three – Five; Scouts Grades First – Third and Trailblazers Grades Fourth – Sixth.

Once the students recite five memory verses correctly, they will earn a trading pin. This can be put on a satchel bag that parents can purchase for their child for them to carry their workbook. All other materials will be provided at no cost.

Johnson said that the curriculum is also geared for parents to get involved in the program with their child at home. They are encouraged to work with them on their memory verse throughout the week and read additional stories in the workbook to help reinforce the verse. If families have multiple children in the program in different age groups, they will all be working on the same verse taken from the English Standard Bible translation. The younger children will have a smaller portion of the verse and the Trailblazers will learn the entire verse.

“It reinforces what God’s Word actually says about that verse, what does it mean in God’s perspective and why did He write it that way,” said Johnson. “It helps the parents get involved in their child’s spiritual education at home. It is absolutely critical that parents support their spiritual education. They need to make sure what they are getting is correct, that it is Biblical and it never hurts to reinforce it.”

Every child must be registered to attend. Johnson said Adventure Club students will meet after school on Wednesdays and walk over to the Baptist Church from Seeley Lake Elementary together. Their registration form acts as a permission slip for Adventure Club leaders to leave with them from school. Homeschooled children can be dropped off at the church. Once the weather changes, other means of transportation will be explored.

Johnson said he welcomes parents to come and sit in. They already have small group leaders, music and game leaders and Johnson will be giving the main lesson. If an adult would like to volunteer, Johnson asks that they contact him to set up a time to meet.

Masks are required for all participants five and older based on the Governor’s order. Johnson said all other COVID requirements will be followed per Missoula City-County Health Department.

For more information or to register call Johnson at 520-251-2858, email pastor@seeleylakebc.org or complete the registration form at https://fl.vu/p79ea and drop it off at the Baptist Church prior to the first Adventure Club Sept. 16. Children must be registered to attend and can join at any time during the year. Adventure Club will continue Wednesdays through Memorial Day.

 

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