Trinity Lutheran Church, Mena AR
Thanks to the LCMS Mid-South District GROW Grant, October 3, 2023, was an exciting day for Trinity Lutheran in Mena, AR, Christian Community members, and students at the local elementary school. The Mid-South District had awarded a GROW grant titled, BACK to Back, to Trinity Lutheran, Mena, to go forward and spread the Gospel to children, and the community. BACK to Back was titled as such for an acronym, “Bible And Christian Kids.” It is also Back to Back learning for students after the regular school day.
With the advocacy of Child Evangelism Fellowship, CEF, and fellow Christian community members, Trinity was able to begin an after school Christian club for elementary students. It is called “The Good News Club.” With the funding from Mid-South District Trinity was able to purchase equipment, supplies, curriculum, after school snacks, incentives, and Bibles for every student.
With the fast-paced curriculum, the children and adults are having fun, while learning what the Bible is, Who God is, that we are born sinners, and that God sent his only son, Jesus, for our salvation. The program begins with prayer; includes memory verses, songs, lessons, skits, games, and many readings from the Bible. This “Good News Club” takes a lot of coordination with school admin, CEF, Christian community members, and members of Trinity to achieve, but it is well received!
The initial enrollment was 22 students, although only fourteen students and two parents remembered to stay after school. One parent said that her family is unchurched, and she wanted to “see what this is all about.” She also said that she enjoyed it and wants to come back. Who knows, perhaps Trinity Lutheran, Mena may gain a family of members. The program is right after school on Tuesdays. Students and parents are welcome to attend.
Trinity is confident that the program will gain momentum once the students begin spreading the WORD! Trinity Lutheran Church, Mena, would like to thank LCMS Mid-South District for the opportunity to share the Gospel with the community, and GROW the community as followers of Christ.